National Tulip Day or Nationale Tulpendag was observed this past weekend in the Netherlands. Here in the states, we consider this springtime flower an icon for ushering in the season. While we are still in the dead of winter, the start of tulip season has already sprung on Tulip Day (January 18) in Amsterdam’s Dam Square. Tulip growers from around the Netherlands create an eye-popping tulip market, and not just with pre-picked bouquets of tulips. The market exhibits a spectacular field of container gardens with tulips. Festival goers can pick a free bouquet, in addition to other tulip-related promotional celebrations.
Want to visit? There are many things to see and do in the Netherlands besides enjoy the tulips (more on that in an upcoming post), but visiting at the height of tulip season, made my trip all the more special. The best time to see the fields in full bloom is early April through early May. The Netherlands produce as many as 3 million bulbs annually, and approximately two-thirds are exported.
Do you have tulips planted for your spring garden? If not, it is not too late. Although bulbs are typically planted in late summer or early fall, you can also grow them indoors.
As we consider the cold and darkness of winter, promise of spring awaits us. What images of spring are your favorites?