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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Spring Beauty


This was sent to me by my friend Toni and I thought I would share some of the beautiful photos as it makes me think of Spring and soon we will see the lovely colors begin to arrive!

The Netherlands in May.

At first glance, it looks like a giant child armed with a box of crayons has been set loose upon the landscape. Vivid stripes of purple, yellow, red, pink, orange and green make up A glorious patchwork. Yet far from being a child'ssketchbook, this is, in fact, the northern Netherlands in the middle of tulip season. The Dutch landscape in May is a kaleidoscope of color as the tulips burst into life. The bulbs are planted in late October and early November. More than three billion tulips are grown each year and two-thirds of the vibrant blooms are exported, mostly to the U.S. and Germany. Their dazzling colors are thanks to the years in the 17th century when tulip mania swept the globe and the most eye-catching specimens changed hands for a small fortune. But like a Rainbow, this colorful landscape is a short-lived phenomenon. When the flowers are gone, the land will be cultivated for a rather more mundane crop of vegetables. The Netherlands produce more than nine million bulbs a year.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wishing you well!

Barbara Diane


Lisa Jane said...

wow what fabulous photo's
Lisa x

kay susan said...

There must be inspiration a quilt in there somewhere!

Rhonda Miller said...

Oh my goodness, these pictures are fabulous. I would love to see these in person. TFS.

Happy Quilling said...

Because I admire your work so much, I've awarded you on my blog! Come and pay me a visit to see it!

Linda said...

Beautiful pictures, I am from the Netherlands and I can tell you it's so beautiful when you see it in real
hugs linda

Zwergenwelt said...

Dear Barbara,
these colours are unbelievable.. so wonderful.
It must be much work to put the bulbs into the earth.
It is great!!Thank you for showing and a very nice spring time!!!♥

Ann said...

Oh my, how beautiful. I can't imagine how much work is involved in taking care of all of those. I would settle for just a couple of those right now instead of the snow I'm looking at

Auntie Em said...

Ohhh....I would love to go see this! The aerial photos really show off the beauty you would never see from the ground!
Thanks for sharing! :)