Last year, I’ve discovered the beauty of Keukenhof Gardens, a spring garden only open for eight to nine weeks each year. The planting of the hyacinths, tulips and other spring flowers is redesigned every year in order to ensure a new look to this beautiful place. Each visit is therefore a new experience !
In 2014, we had a lot of rain, so it was more difficult to take good pictures of the gardens, but this year, I had the chance to enjoy the sun peeking through the petals of these colorful flowers. Of course, it was a lot more crowded than the year before, but that’s the price to pay for visiting such a beautiful place under a bright sun. First, here is a gallery about my visit that took place in 2014… just to feel a bit nostalgic :-)
This year, I went there with my blogger friend, Lucy, and we had a blast. If you want to know more about the history of the place, maybe you can have a look at her entry, Keukenof – Flower paradise.
In many civilizations, white flowers represent both purity and death. These flowers seem more delicate than pink or red flowers, but it’s just my feeling. There were many different species of Narcissus, from uniform white specimens to flowers displaying coloured tepals or trumpet. Narcissus flowers have been cultivated from at least as early as the sixteenth century in the Netherlands, as well as in the UK, and is now a very popular garden flower. It was nice to see so many of them on display !
White tulips with a yellow center were also popular this year. Tulip cultivation is much older than Narcissus, and some records show the presence of these flowers in Persia around the 10th century. My favourite ones were the tiny tulips you can find at the end of the gallery. They look so delicate ! :-) I also had a lot of fun taking the picture of the tulip from below, I must have look ridiculous, laying down on the grass, but it was worth it ! :D
The tree blossoms also look very pretty… oh well, it’s neither Washington, Taïwan nor Japan, but I quite enjoyed seeing them :-)
Coming soon… Keukenhof in Yellow :-)