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Tulips!

I’ve been asked where all the tulips are. Tulips are mostly grown in Northern Holland, so Maastricht doesn’t have huge fields of tulip bulbs. I did manage to take a couple of pictures of tulips decorating the roundabout just up the street from our flat.

A better place to get tulips this time of year is the Bloemenmarkt in Amsterdam. Dan & I stumbled upon it last Saturday morning while looking for the American Book Club store. The length of an entire block is taken up with stalls selling flowers, bulbs, and seeds.

There were even a couple of booths dedicated to selling cacti (and big ones).

We didn’t pick up any bulbs this time because we would have had to carry them all over the city with us, but the variety and prices looked great. I will be going back some time to pick some up.

See more images from the Market here.

5 Responses to “Tulips!”

  1. Alyssa says:

    Naw…I want to see real tulips. Fields and fields of tulips. We have landscaping like that in Chestnut Hill, MA. And they are the Dutch variety tulips. Umm, fancy!

  2. locusta says:

    To be fair, the yellow tulips are Dutch tulips too. :-P If you’re thinking of the lacy, two-colored ones I think I saw them called “Rembrandt” tulips but that might just be for the tourists.

  3. Alyssa says:

    Actually, I always thought the ones with the 4 “prongs” (don’t know exactly how to describe them) were the Dutch ones.

  4. locusta says:

    Hmm…this calls for more research.

  5. katy says:

    We were just in Amsterdam last month. Is the Bloemenmarkt the stalls along the canal that sell bulbs? We visited Keukenhof garden (just 30 min. south of Amsterdam) to see the tulips. It was so beautiful. I think it’s open for another week or so, you still have time to visit.

    Here is the post from my blog (if you’re interested)

    http://sycamorestirrings.blogspot.com/2009/04/keukenhof-garden.html

    I LOVED the Netherlands. I found everyone so friendly and laid back. My husband and I were there for all of 30 minutes before we looked at each other and said, Yeah, I could live here. Lucky you!!