Tulip Mania


Remember how I yesterday I promised you lots of pictures of tulips? Well, here they come. 

Kuekenhof Gardens is an easy day trip, taking the train from Amsterdam Centraal station to Schiphol airport where a fleet of buses whisk visitors away to the tulip wonderland (about an hour travel time). 

This is not the place to come if you want to commune with nature (unless your idea of nature is man-made and very crowded) but is a great place to indulge in extravagant displays of gorgeous spring flowers and who would say no to that?

The flowers are extraordinary, planted huge swaths of color and fragrance. It’s a bit mind boggling. 

There are all kinds of spring bloomers here, not just tulips. Hyacinths, daffodils, fritterlaria, anemones, crocus, grape hyacinths as well as forsythia, crab apples and azaleas. It is a spring garden lovers paradise. 

They even have a real windmill (although it’s no longer a working mill)

I also rented a bike and rode out to some of the neighboring bulb fields which was a simply extraordinary experience – beautiful weather and quintessential Dutch landscapes. 

(Don’t laugh, I was very wind blown after my ride!)

Guess what? Now I’m beat – all that walking and biking and fresh air! And I’ve got a busy day planned for tomorrow for my last day in Amsterdam. Time to head for bed!

5 thoughts on “Tulip Mania”

  1. Chris Holifield says:

    Extraordinary! Everything looks so lovely. You are one of the bravest people I know!


    • flowergirlknits says:

      That’s so sweet of you to say Chris, but I’m really not unless by brave you mean cries easily and is frequently overwhelmed!!


  2. Sue says:

    What did it smell like? I hope it smelled as good as it looked. Just amazing.


    • flowergirlknits says:

      The tulips don’t have much fragrance (except fresh air) but the hyacinths were amazing. When I was out on my bike ride I could smell the field of hyacinths before I could see them. Spectacular!


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