Tulips from Flevoland

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It’s nearly spring! The crocuses have woken up – splashing violets, whites and the occasional yellows here and there.  In a few weeks, the west of the Netherlands will be in full bloom.  It is not one of the ’50 Drives of a Lifetime’ per Nat Geo’s recommendation for nothing. One of the highlights in the flower route is the Keukenhof gardens in Lisse.  The garden is awash with a sea of colors from the tulips, daffodils, hyacinths.  This is probably the only place in the world that has the most number of tulip varieties on display.

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tulips and swan in Keukenhof
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dual gradient tulips:)
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50 shades of hyas
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late bloomers
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a million tulips
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we love blooms!

While the west of the Netherlands’ tulip route (Haarlem-Lisse-Leiden-Naaldwijk) is pretty popular, in the north of Holland (in the Noordoostpolder in Flevoland), there is also a tulip festival around last week of April – 1st week of May which features a 100km or so tulip route!  Less well known than the west Holland route but equally stunning nonetheless (and less crowded too).

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whites and reds
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hot pink!
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red sea
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royal purple

One surprising stop along the route was the Orchideeen hoeve and one can guess that it has something to do with orchids (read: tropical!).  Yup, so we didn’t only see the tulip fields but also tropical flowers – different varieties of orchids, gumamelas too!

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pink blush
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asterisks
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dancing ladies
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oranje!
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white tigers
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purple bunch
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bright orange
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mayana? lampunaya
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dainty whites
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tropical paradise

Besides the tropical plants, the Orchideeen hoeve also houses butterflies, colorful birds, monkeys, koi and the kids’ favorite – snakes for petting!  For us living in the north and maybe also for those who would like to visit the tulip farms (without the large crowds), Flevoland offers a good option.

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vlinders

 

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lorikeet
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monkey
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koi
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slange
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