Flower update – Week 18
Very cold! That is the best description of last week. We celebrated Kings Day with temperatures colder than Christmas. It was the coldest spring in 25 years! But it is changing! Read on for more information….
We are still having peak blooming. One of the best things of this cold weather is that the tulips bloom slower and longer. Keukenhof and the flower fields in the Netherlands look absolutely gorgeous. It is a festive flower festival with many colors. And there are still some tulips at Keukenhof on the point of going to bloom! This is wonderful for all the people who are visiting this week. But there is a bit of warning.
From the cold temperatures, we are entering the opposite this week. From freezing night temperatures we are expecting +20 degrees Celsius this Thursday. And these big temperature changes at the end of spring season are quite unusual. I hope and pray that the tulips stay a bit longer but it can be possible that they will be gone quickly. When you are intending to visit the fields and Keukenhof don’t wait till the last day of your stay. Visit as soon as possible to enjoy all the flowers in full colors. Yesterday evening I heard that the first fields are headed! So if you want to see the fields don’t wait too long!
At Keukenhof you can enjoy the wonderful Lily exhibition (one of the largest in the world) from May 5th. And upcoming weekend Keukenhof is set in a romantic theme with classical music between the tulips! A perfect day to spend Mother’s day!.
Tulips past May 16th?
Many people emailed me about the tulips after May 16th. Tulips are spring flowers and they are generally best from the second half of April till the first week of May. Normally (during a normal weather springtime) the tulips are headed around the first week of May. After Keukenhof has closed there won’t be any tulips left in the fields or somewhere else in the Netherlands. You have to wait till next spring season. You can still visit the flower auction or see other flowers around the year. But if you want to see tulips and other spring flowers you have to wait until next springtime.
Last week was all related with flowers. I visited a wonderful workshop and book presentation of the American bloom stylist Ariella Chezar. She makes gorgeous lush and romantic bouquets. I will write a review of her book “the flower workshop” soon!
And I have visited the Hortus Bulborum for the second time in two weeks! The first time made a big impression to me. I love to see all the different historical tulips (and daffodils, hyacinths and frittelaria’s) in one place all together. It has something magical to watch all these tulips from many years ago.
Enjoy your week!
Kind regards from Tulips in Holland,