Monday, April 03, 2006

Pink tulips

Pink tulips, originally uploaded by CharlesFred.

Not quite tulip time here. The daffodils are starting to come out and the crocuses have just bloomed. We think Spring is late this year, but only because it has been so early these past few years.

In the 1970's, living in Beaconsfield (Bucks), having long school holidays in Spring, I can remember many days spend inside watching it rain. One year, my Mum decided to give me golf lessons. I spent the whole week practicing my drive, in an effort to actually hit the ball half-way through my swing. I think I improved during the week, but my most enduring memory of that week was the continual blast of cold wind, bearing sleet and snow coming in from Seer Green in the north.

The best place to see tulips in Holland is in and around the Keukenhof, just the other side of the airport from Amsterdam, on the way to Fred's school. He sees them from the train on the way to school and says they are still under plastic. The bulbs in the gardens are grown in greenhouses and are set out as they start to flower in order to create a spectacle to last the 6-8 weeks the gardens are open. Well worth coming to Holland (if you are in the area anyway) just to visit.

Outside, are the bulb fields with their strips of bright reds, pinks, yellows, blues and oranges, where the heads are cut off soon after flowering in order to promote the growth and reproduction of the bulb.


Blogger Brian said...

Hello Charles and Fred:
I truly love these photos. Yesterday April 4th and today April 5th, 2006 the snow has returned to Ottawa, it is not much but spring will still be a few weeks away.
In Ottawa the Nations Capital we have tulips that were given to us by Queen Noor.
You should visit Canada someday in the Spring, summer, fall and in the winter you could skate on the worlds longest skating rink.
Love and Laugher

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