'After the dark and dreary winter, everyone yearns for the spring. Slowly but surely, the cold, grey days make way for the sun and warmer weather. Suddenly, the first tulips begin to emerge...The world comes back to life and takes on new colour. It is time for spring, time to fall in love!...' Keukenhof brochure for 2012.
|lilac and black tulips|
Seduction is the garden trend for 2012 at Keukenhof. In the 7 inspiration gardens trendy materials, great gadgets and the latest plant varieties are set to SEDUCE!
|The old windmill at the Keukenhof park.|
The Keukenhof park in Lisse, Holland, is the home for millions of spring bulbs. The park itself is a beautiful setting, and not all completely flat which may come as a surprise to some visitors-though the mere hints of inclines could never be classed as hilly! The floral displays are set around some ancient trees, bushes, and perennial ground plantings.
|Trickling streams at Keukenhof break up the flat terrain.|
Adorning the walkways are the most incredible displays of every bulb imaginable. Keukenhof gets its name from 'kitchen garden' but it is bursting with tulips, crocus, hyacinths... You name it-if it's a bulb, it's most likely on show at Keukenhof. Especially as the Netherlands supply millions of bulbs every year to the world at large.
|red tulips and yellow fritillaria|
|delicate white and the palest lilac muscari|
|peach trumpeted tulips and yellow gerberas|
Who wouldn't love to see these narcissi and daffodils? The variety on the left are spectacular with their peach colored trumpets and white petals, nodding and bobbing around in amongst the pure white varieties and yellow gerberas, looking superior alongside their more ordinary cousins.
Or what about this other little one.
Are you replete yet?
|I photographed at least ONE name!|
I wasn't, hadn't seen nearly enough outside before the cloud-bursting showers drove me into the inside displays. In the pavilions were numerous varieties of freesias, alstroemeria, gerbera, and eye-popping orchids, bromeliads, lillies... staggeringly arranged with an equally breathtaking scent.
I'd love my garden to look like the one below, but I must dream, since my Aberdeenshire plantings don't look anything like this!
The Orchid show in the Queen Beatrix pavilion was stunning, so well displayed, and so sensorily appealing.
|Beatrix pavilion orchid display|
Every size, color, shape seemd to be around the next corner. In the bright, airy space orchids and bromeliads dazzled the eyes from high ceiling to floor levels, the containers versatile and stylish. I could wax lyrical about the indoor displays alone, but not on this particular blog. I'm going to have to savor most of my photographs at home, too, since I took so many, and choosing only a few to show you today was incredibly difficult!
Did I have any favorites at Keukenhof? Not really, but some floral arrangements are much more eye-catching than others. The green striped tulips below-a slightly frilly variety- to me are just incredible. They were matched up with colors I wouldn't have thought would be effective BUT they were! The bank of tulips behind were of a deep salmon pink and green stripe, even more frilly edged, but equally impressive.
|Green striped frilly tulips|
The last ones...
No, it's not these gorgeous, and again frilly and stripey ones.
Or these purple and lilac hyacinths and tall reddish-orange tulips.
Or this amassed abundance of tulips and hyacinths.
It's not all flora at Keukenhof. How about this for the serene. The swans swim majestically, preening themselves at leisure, the rider and horse perhaps calling them to be still, since they draw some of the attention of the crowds away from him?
Last, but not least, was the unusual...
I totally loved my visit to Keukenhof, but that wasn't all I saw in Holland last week.
Join me soon for my visit to the Floriade World Horticultural Expo at Venlo! Another brilliant event. I'll give you plenty of warning but it will be in the next few days...
Thank you for visiting today and sharing my experience of Keukenhof.