Monday, July 06, 2009

The Tulips of Keukenhof

Last November, when we made the literally spur-of-the-moment decision to take a trip to Europe, the one attraction that we knew we wanted to see was the Tulip Gardens in Keukenhof in the Netherlands. The rest of our itinerary would fall into place around this visit.
We visited these beautiful gardens with Russell, Shannon and baby Evelynne, and found that we were as impressed by the magnificent trees and the gardens overall as much as by the tulips themselves. Here are just a few of the hundreds of photos taken that day.

These are fields of commercially grown tulips and would normally be a spectacle of colour. We were a little late in the season though and all the flowers had been harvested.

Some 'flowers' are more beautiful than others, I'm sure you'll agree.

15 comments:

racheld said...

These are absolutely delightful, and a nostalgic trip back into the lovely bulb catalogs which my Mississippi Mammaw received each year from the TWO Hollands---Netherlands and Michigan.

I wish she could have seen what you saw, and what you portray in your lovely photography.

I was also delighted to see that there is such a storehouse in your archives. I'll be checking back in often to catch up on your past glories, and looking forward to the new.

rachel @ Lawn Tea

kerrynr said...

Wow! Great photos from an absolutely gorgeous setting.

diane said...

I'm so glad you found my blog because I have thoroughly enjoyed reading yours. What a delightful tour of Europe you had and a grand daughter to visit too. It brought back memories of our last trip there in September last year. We didn't see those beautiful gardens in Holland. Your photos are great.
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Kerri said...

What a delightful treat with my morning coffee! I'm on my second cup now and have spent a wonderful half hour of so enlarging each photo to see all the marvelous details. Ross and I have oohed and aahed and enjoyed them all. The only thing better would be to have enjoyed the day with you there amid all that glorious beauty.
So many things to comment on, but one prevailing thought is the arrangement of the swathes of colour. So beautifully done, with very little of the glaring red and yellow placed together. And all those magnificent trees enhancing the beauty.
That little pink-hatted flower is the prettiest of all, of course :)
We loved seeing the family photos mixed with these glorious scenes. Marvelous photography!
Thank you, thank you for sharing this wonderful place, dear Alice.

Zoey said...

Wow, Alice, those are some stunning gardens. That must have been a great trip!

Titania said...

Hi Alice, thank you for stopping by. You are right for me early mornings are the best, I am an early riser.
The photos from the Keukenhof gardens are stunning. I always loved tulips, unfortunately they are not growing in my subtropical garden. It must have been a wonderful trip together with your family. The little darling enjoys the flowers. Never to early to be enthralled by gardens.

Marlene Depler said...

Beautiful! What a lovely place! Is that your sweet little granddaughter?

Marja said...

Oh so beautiful I never went to the keukenhof My family did. I can't complain though I just went to Holland 2 months ago and had a fantastic time and saw lots of other beauty

a good yarn said...

Your photographs have beautifully captured these exquisite gardens.

Jellyhead said...

A tulip garden?!! I'm in heaven just looking at the photos (tulips being my all-time favourite flowers and all)

And yes that Evelynne-flower is the most exquisite of all!

Andrea's Garden said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog. You've been to the Netherlands! Great! The only thing I have seen there is the airport and I live so much closer than you do. Looks like you had a wonderful trip. Best regards, Andrea

gustoso said...

Holy, what a feast for the eyes!

Reflection Through The Seasons said...

Oh Frances! The glorious Keukenhof Gardens in springtime is unsurpassed, such floral designs and colours..... simply stunning! Not too many folk about either to crowd your pictures.

Bestest regards to you and Richard. Have a great weekend - Marion

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