Although it may sound like a romantic drama movie title, this is a very common activity in Holland in spring with flowers everywhere blooming.
Considering that the flowers are spring products if you want to get the most out of your experience, of these gorgeous surroundings filled with flowers, the best time to visit Holland would be at the end of April.
Holland is the number one exporter in the whole world not only of tulips but of fresh flowers as well covering 45% of total bouquet export in the world. It’s one of the countries in the world that can provide the best conditions for growing fresh flowers. This leads us to the world’s biggest floral auction, FloraHolland, located in Aalsmeer, Holland. Open to visitors here one can learn all about the auction process of selling and buying flowers.
Experiencing Holland in spring is simply a blessing. It’s all about flowers: flower fields, flower gardens, flower markets, and even the business news sound so appealing when providing information about the flower incomes of the country.
Now, how would one typical Dutch business dinner sound like with all those men talking about flowers? It sounds too good to be true.
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However, tulips have their leading role among the flowers in Holland. Throughout history, there was a period known as Tulipmania, when tulips were so rare, privileged only to the wealthy people and the price of one tulip was equivalent to a few average annual salaries. Tulips are considered to be an unofficial flower of Holland. Every year the tulip season opens with an event known as the National Tulip Day when 200,000 tulips are arranged in the garden at Dam Square in Amsterdam where anyone can pick them for free. The Tulip Festival this year will start on the 31st of March and will last until the 30th of April under the motto: A tulip for every citizen of Amsterdam. Their goal is to plant 850,000 tulips in ground or plots, on 85 locations in Amsterdam.
There is no such a thing as too many flowers if you ask me. Tulips are blooming everywhere, so don’t miss out delighting in the colorful beauty of Amsterdam in spring.
Where is the best place to see tulips in Holland?
Every spring on 22nd of March Keukenhof opens its doors to the public for the enjoyment to begin. In the park’s gardens, every year at the same time 7 million bulbs flourish including roses, lilies, orchids, irises, 800 varieties of tulips and many more. Located in Lisse, Keukenhof stands as an international showcase of the Dutch floricultural sector. Nearly 100 royal suppliers bring their bulbs in autumn in order to be planted and designed in the gardens. Later when the blooming spring season begins this gorgeous space will be enriched by the spring aroma of those vibrant and colorful flowers. When the season is finished, the park will close on the 13th of May, all the flowers will be cut off the gardens and exported around the world. One can experience Keukenhof park on foot where guided tours can be arranged, by bike or you can take one of those whisper boat trips. In those eight weeks, this park is pure inspiration for anyone that appreciates the beauty of the flowers. There are a lot of flower shows, events, and activities such as flower arranging demonstrations, that truly provoke one’s creativity.
But, if you want to see where the farmers grow their flowers you should go to the Bulb flower fields. There you’ll find 20 vibrant km full of blossoming flowers. These fields are stretched on the south and west of the city of Haarlem which is located very close to Amsterdam. In order to get the most of it, there is no better way than taking one of those cycling tours and ride among these gorgeous fields.
There is also a Flower Parade held every year starting in the morning from the town of Noordwijk all the way to Haarlem, arriving at night. This fascinating event will take place this year on the 21st of April.
Visiting the Keukenhof park and the flower fields in spring, especially by bike in a real Dutch way, is one of the must-do activities when in Amsterdam. It simply is something that you can’t experience anywhere else in the world.
How to keep tulips fresh at home?
Tulips can be found in all the colors of the rainbow and their meaning signifies perfect love. Red tulips are associated with pure love, white with purity and respect, purple with royalty, pink with care and good wishes, yellow with hope and cheerful thoughts. Finally, my favorite tulips for the season are Leen van der Mark, Debutante, Yellow flight and Purple flag.
To keep the tulip bouquet fresh as long as possible, for one to two weeks, first you’ll have to buy tulips with flowerheads just starting to open. Then put them in a tall vase to give them the support needed and keep them in shade. Next, pour a little bit of room temperature water in the vase and flower food. One teaspoon of sugar per 1 l of water will help them stay fresh longer.