I rave about this trip to anyone who will listen. We've gone multiple times and never failed to be stunned by the beauty of this little country.
The place to go for breathtaking beauty is Keukenhof Gardens. Northwest of Leiden, it lies in the middle of one of the major bulb-producing regions in the Netherlands. Bulb growers plant their new varieties in the fall for a stunning display every spring.
It's far more crowded here now than it used to be ten years ago when we would visit, but it's still an amazing place. We arrived at 10:00. Parking was right outside the park and was well-organized (think Disneyland, but instead of cartoon characters to remember our row, Keukenhof has flags from different nations. We parked at South Korea.)
And flowers. Holy cow, the flowers.
|Purple and orange, anyone? Yes, please!|
|Purple and red? I'll take some of that, too!|
|The sun was dodging in and out of clouds all morning. I caught its bright rays shining through these beauties.|
|Bundled up in the 50-degree morning. These tulips were ENORMOUS.|
Amongst the gardens are pavilions displaying flowers in other ways. Check out the size of this hydrangea!
And here's a low-cost idea for floral displays. The sticks were wedged into a shelf unit. Flowers inserted into bags of water got ribbon necklaces and were wired to the sticks. Could this bag-o'-flowers idea be adapted for inexpensive table decorations? Say, at a wedding?
After leaving the gardens, we took a drive in the area. Fields of bulb flowers around every corner. Those with more time can rent bicyles or take walks along the paths next to the fields. Those of us on a tighter time schedule enjoy the drive-by flower fields.
This field was ALL HYACINTHS. Pink, purple, white, and the smell was AMAZING.
I hope your spring is full of beauty, too.