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Colour Therapy at the Keukenhof Gardens April 2011

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I am just back from a short city break to Amsterdam. I had a lovely time and spent half a day visiting the Keukenhof Tulip gardens. I took loads and loads of photos! If you like tulips, I would recommend you go at least once in your lifetime….it’s absolutely beautiful, and just fills your heart and soul with colour. Enjoy……

Blenda

Just arrived…

Red Baby Doll

Sorry I didn’t get all the names of the tulips…

Marit

Me under a Wisteria..how I wish mine would flower!

I loved this naturalistic pastel mixture and the silver birches behind…

Sorry, nameless again…

I loved these warm coloured beds under the cool of the trees…

I just love this combo…what a contrast!

100 Green Bottles sitting on a wall…..

Lovely underplanting using bronze foliage…would be gret in a container scheme don’t you think?

Don’t know why I got OH to take this pic. This is a perfectly normal car on it’s way home from the GC isn’t it? lol….

There are bulb fields right next to the gardens…

There are canals and lakes throughout the gardens…

There are also some huge glass-houses. This one had a wonderful Orchid exhibition in it…I thought of Meanie!

Just one of the superb Orchids I snapped…just not enough room for them all here….

Muscari and Fritillaria Imperialis

Back to the Tulips now….

It’s the woodland planting…the use of dappled sunlight…that makes this garden really magical!

Camargue

Fountain and Stepping Stones on the lake

Elegant Lady

Greenland

Flaming Parrot

World Expression

This one is called ’Rem’s Favourite’…I think Rem has good taste!

Hot colours

Cool colours

White tulips and hostas made a cool impression!

River of Muscari

The Keukenhof is the most visited garden in the world…quite something when you consider that it is only open for two months of the year! I hope you go and see it for yourself if you haven’t already…it is really special!

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glorious photos Karen . I must visit sometime. Superb displays :o))

29 Apr, 2011

 

this is just amazing ~ thank you so much for putting the beautiful photos on here
i would love to go ~ just need to arrange this ~ did you fly there?
never really liked muscari but they look fantastic in that river effect. i dont know which tulip is my favourite ~ there are so many!!

29 Apr, 2011

 

Just wonderful,Karen..I love it all,and I couldn't choose a favourite Tulip either...The river of Muscari is great,and those Orchids ! I can see another of your paintings coming to life.Lol.Glad you both had a lovely time Karen..It really is time we paid a visit..maybe next year..Thanks for sharing :o)

29 Apr, 2011

 

let me know if its going to be a GoY trip please bloomer!!

29 Apr, 2011

 

The plantings are absolutely amazing - wish I could afford to splurge on schemes like that, using them just as annuals. Must keep a few people employed in November and December, lol.

29 Apr, 2011

 

perhaps they need some helpers? wouldnt mind a trip to holland!!

29 Apr, 2011

 

Amazing photos Karen, thank you for sharing them :))))

29 Apr, 2011

 

Wonderful Karen, such a huge array of colours.

29 Apr, 2011

 

Thanks everyone! It is really amazing to think that all that effort and expense goes into just two months of display isn't it!

29 Apr, 2011

 

Wonderful, wonderful. Can't choose a best pic, they are all glorious. What a great time you had, and dare I ask what you bought ?

29 Apr, 2011

 

i think its a bit strange that the garden only looks good for 2 months?? well ~ perhaps thats a bit of an assumption?? we try to get all round colour and interest into our little gardens but this is a huge area planted primarily for and with tulips ~ not the same as our gardening, would still like to see it tho.

29 Apr, 2011

 

Oh, that's easy Cinders, I bought a mug! Sticki, the garden is closed for the rest of the year. I guess it will be just a lovely woodland for the rest of the year.....

29 Apr, 2011

 

Ha ha ha! I don't believe it. that was as well as ....

29 Apr, 2011

 

wow abfab karen, so glad you enjoyed your break and all that colour enough to brighten anyones day, cant say which i like best as i love them all, great pics and think you may get stopped in your car, it looks very full lol :o))

29 Apr, 2011

 

do you think it is closed because it isnt as pretty or cos they need that long to work on it??

29 Apr, 2011

 

lol cinders...that was as well as a pack of playing cards for my daughter's collection!! Honestly, I bought no plants or flowers or bulbs. I brought home all these photos and I might buy some bulbs in the autumn, but what the point of buying tulip bulbs in April? They are all available on line if you look hard enough later in the year.

Thank you San, I think I'd have trouble seeing the mirrors, and the engine might choke a bit too! :))

29 Apr, 2011

 

Karen....it is a beautiful sight to behold...what a feast for the eyes.

I thought you'd come home with some unusual tulip bulbs after viewing them all growing so beautifully...and you have chosen a mug.

Nice to have a break for a few days.

29 Apr, 2011

 

lol karen :o)

29 Apr, 2011

 

It is very nice mug, with a lovely tulip on it!! :))

29 Apr, 2011

 

Fantastic pictures

29 Apr, 2011

 

Thank you Paul!

29 Apr, 2011

 

:):):)

29 Apr, 2011

 

Amazing tulips, my car looks like that at times. Several times has been to a gc and its silly owner has never realised until she has wanted to get the darned plants home how big they are and how small her Corsa car is. lol. Funnily enough Sarah's car has had a few days like that also. lol. Must be a family failing, or as Paul would say its in the genes.

29 Apr, 2011

 

Ah yes, another one of Paul's sayings...I've been using them quite a lot on here lately!! I wish he would come up here and sort out my grass for me! I could do with some of his 'toys' !

29 Apr, 2011

 

Be patient, it's taken him years to get his bowling green up to the standard it is now. lol. Never happy groundsmen, well not when it comes to growing grass anyway. Hope you had a good day watching the royal wedding, I enjoyed the tv coverage, sat watched some and pottered some and then watched some more. Loved the dress and just seen her evening dress it was spectacular. Turned cold out tonight, we had a bbq all of us together, but had to go back indoors too chilly. Off to bed now, really tired and got to do some baking in the morning for cricket teas. Night speak soon.

29 Apr, 2011

 

Karen, fab pics. on here what a lovely journey. I have been lucky enough to visit this place, went with a friend many years ago, but it was just as stunning as this! Think I came home with a huge Amaryllus bulb, if I remember rightly. Glad you enjoyed your break.

29 Apr, 2011

 

Ah, yes GG, they were selling those!

Mum, have had a similar day here, a bit of a cold wind out there. I did enjoy it, very very much. i thought the dress was stunning, the flowers were incredible, the music was perfect in every way and it was all soooo happy! I had Janet and her two girls and Rachel came too, so we had cucumber sandwiches, cream and home made jam scones and strawberries! It was fun!

29 Apr, 2011

 

i thought about cucumber sandwiches but went with the scones as well karen, a few other bits too cos i had to entertain 5 others but scones was a nice idea.

29 Apr, 2011

 

Thank you brought back fond memories of the gardens Karen.

29 Apr, 2011

 

Lovely to see these beautiful gardens again Karen.

29 Apr, 2011

 

Your pics are fab Karensusan! Very inspiring for colour combinations! Some of the tulips in your photos are just so perfect, they almost look artificial! You looked as if you were really enjoying your visit. Had a grand day watching the Wedding, there was a lovely warm feeling about it, and everyone seemed to be very happy...just perfect!
And not too much snivelling, from me anyway! :0)

29 Apr, 2011

 

Great photos Karen, glad the weather was nice on the day!

29 Apr, 2011

 

What a wonderful show. It must have been a spectacular sight. I'm glad you enjoyed.

30 Apr, 2011

 

We have been there several times and just loved it, but that was before the times of digital photography..so no photo´s to upload.

30 Apr, 2011

 

Brilliant pics Karen. My favourite of all is that wonderful car ! ;~)

30 Apr, 2011

 

This has to be one of the best blogs ever. A real treat Karen. I will get round to doing my Mauritian trip!!!

30 Apr, 2011

 

Thank you all so much. Glad you enjoyed the photos and for some of you, the memories. I was just saying to OH it would be easy to go for the day. You would fly to Schipol early, get the bus to the gardens (you more or less have to go to the airport to get there anyway) and get a late flight home. It would be just as do-able as going to Chelsea for the day. I might do that another year. I really believe that if we had gardens like this instead of these terrible psychiatric locked wards, we might do a lot better with our Mental Health problems......it really is healing to see all that colour and be in the dappled sunshine with those wonderful trees!

30 Apr, 2011

 

Karen I am with you there..nature is the best therapy in the world. I am always grateful for the fact that I have a garden, and know I am truly blessed. Not everyone can say this....wish it could be different.

30 Apr, 2011

 

Below is a link to the official Kuekenhof site. Feast your eyes on the Floral Parade. It is out of this world. It is past for this year but if you want to visit Kuekenhof check out the dates of the various shows etc. on their calendar before booking. This blog brings back so many happy memories of our day out there. http://www.keukenhof.nl/en/25/flower-parade.html

30 Apr, 2011

 

Thanks Scotsgran...one of my OH's friends took his wife to see this a couple of weeks ago. I can see why!

30 Apr, 2011

 

It is a different experience from visiting the gardens and just adds to your day. You need to go armed with lots of film. We did not see it when we went but we did see Gypsy dancers in Amsterdam putting on a street show. We were also taken along the canal banks to the Gardens and saw beautiful floral tableaux in the house front gardens made entirely from flowers as you see in the floral parade.

30 Apr, 2011

 

What an amazing place to visit, the tulips looked magical, ccertainly a sight to remember, OH loves Amsterdam and would love to see this garden one day. Loved the pictures.

30 Apr, 2011

 

Thank's Karen for this great blog all those fabulous Tulip's in so many glorious colour's, and that Muscari sea just super. ☼☼

1 May, 2011

 

Lovely Photographs.. I have relatives in Holland and was lucky enough to visit the Keukenhof gardens last year..We spent nearly a full day there and i took a lot of pictures too..

1 May, 2011

 

Thank you all, so glad you enjoyed the blog. It won't be tulip time for another year, so we have to make the most of them while they last! :))

1 May, 2011

 

Thanks for posting the photos, I went here mny years ago, and although I knew I had been to a wonderful tulip garden I couldn't remember where it was or what it was called, now I know thankyou.

2 May, 2011

 

Oh, how lovely! Just looking quickly through it again...isn't it amazing!!

2 May, 2011

 

Amazing is the word, Karen. What lovely, lovely pics . . . thank you so much! You're right about "nature therapy", and you're right about that heavenly dappled sunshine. We were lucky enough to visit many years ago, and you're so right that Keukenhof is a Must Visit!

2 May, 2011

 

Thanks Sheila! Glad you found the blog!

3 May, 2011

 

Thanks - better late than never. Couldn't quite understand why it wasn't listed on my page, as you're such a favourite!! Will PM you . . .

3 May, 2011

 

What a feast for the eyes! Simply dazzling! This will have to be on my Garden visit bucket list for next year! Thanks so much for sharing your photo's!! :-)

The flaming parrot is my favourite!

3 May, 2011

 

I'm not surprised you like that one Sunrose! I like Elegant Lady myself, which is about as different to flaming parrot as they come! lol ;))

3 May, 2011

 

Wow Karen!What a fantastic sight! Tulips are really amazing aren't they? Such a fantastic garden to visit....I've been wanting to go for years, definitely going to go next Spring. Wonderful colours there....couldn't have a favourite, but I do like the creamy ones, Carmargue and Greenland are just stunning....so pleased you enjoyed it all, apart from the grumpy waiter, there's nothing like a good cup of coffee first thing!

3 May, 2011

 

lol....I don't think he was grumpy, just clueless...my OH was the grumpy one!! lol I hope you do manage to get there next year.

4 May, 2011

 

Morning Karen, glad you had a lovely trip all the photos are wonderful. I've not been on here for a few days so I need to catch up now.

4 May, 2011

 

I know, I noticed! Missed ya! Hope you are well!

4 May, 2011

 

Very well after another five days in the garden but the home pc is still not working, time for Annie to get a lap top I think...

4 May, 2011

 

Your garden must be in tip top form now....I have been putting in bedding today, in my blue/green pots. I got two patio packs from Dobbies, £9.99 for 20 plants in each..and they are good size plants too. I thought that was a good deal. All colour co-ordinated for me so saved time hunting down the colours. In the pack were 4 each of petunia, trailing petunia, geranium, brachycome, lobelia and verbena. Really pleased with them, all purple tones. They had white packs too. I didn't see any pink, yellow or red, but I suppose they would have them as well. I also got some lovely 'hot' plants for the 'hot-bed' so that should be looking great in the summer time. Itea is only just breaking bud, and photinia is only just really starting to grow. It's that arkward time when the spring plants are finishing and the summer ones haven't got going. Btw, do you still want more pulmonaria? I cut them all back today so could lift and divide them any time. There's the one I sent you already, angustifolia and 'blue ensign' which also has dark blue flowers and no patches on the leaves. The Buddleia cuttings are ready to send. Shall I just send you one Annie, or do you want all three of them?

4 May, 2011

 

You are still way ahead of me in the garden Karen even though I braved the cold winds for 5 days solid. I made a decision to cut back to a stump the old Ceanothus on the slope and dig out the sad looking cistus 'sunset' leaving a big gap. The Cistus was old at 8 years but there is still some signs of life on the Ceanothus stump. So now I have another planting project, it's all getting very expensive! I haven't even though about summer pots yet but yours sound lovely. I would be very happy to receive some more pulmonaria and all 3 Buddleias if that is ok. The last lot of babies are doing well in pots and will be planted out soon and the Corydalis is now in flower. Perry's blue and the Erodium are both planted in the front garden and are going great guns + your 'Philippe vapelle' is in flower in the side garden border x

5 May, 2011

 

Ah, that all sounds great! My Philippe Vapelle has just started flowering too! wonderful isn't it, I love that one. That's no problem to send all three, I thought you might not have room for them all. I will also send you some pulmonaria. Probably have to wait a few days now, but if the coffee order comes today I will have a decent size box to put them in and you might get them sooner! I'll let you know once they are en-route! :) Can you please take a cutting for me of your pale blue buddleia. I am finding buddleia is a very useful plant for quick growing privacy screening! I have quite a few now!

5 May, 2011

 

I will take the cuttings Karen as no babies have appeared since I promised you one, other years they have popped up all over and I have weeded them out! Can I send them to you as cuttings to pot up in your green house?
They do make brilliant screens and very quickly too. I will put one of yours in the front garden.

5 May, 2011

 

Yes, if you think they will stay damp in their packaging and not die, I am quite happy to do the potting up! Thanks :))

5 May, 2011

 

Very colourful photos... Glad you enjoyed your visit.. :o)

6 May, 2011

 

Glad you enjoyed it too TT! I wonder what Conker would get up to there!!

6 May, 2011

 

WoW, Amazing Karen, there are some fantastic colour combinations, the orange and purple combo are my fave, im gonna try that this year, saving this to remind me in autumn, Great pics by the way, crystal clear.. Dee..

6 May, 2011

 

Thank you. I have a new camera..my Christmas present. it is the same as Janey's so now my pics are almost as good as hers! ;))

6 May, 2011

 

Can't find the save or like button.. Weird..

6 May, 2011

 

Right under all the pics usually....

6 May, 2011

 

Found them, ive been up and down, up and down lol..

6 May, 2011

 

lol :))

6 May, 2011

 

Is envy a sin, Karen? If so, I'm a sinner after viewing this blog with so many wonderful Tulips en masse ! They certainly have made me 'ooh and aah', fabulous planting schemes, which must have taken some planning. You know I don't much care for Muscari, but that 'river' effect is amazing! I love the Tulips Camargue and Rem's Favourite, stunners. Pleased you had a wonderful time in Holland. : o ))

6 May, 2011

 

Not exactly wonderful Shirley, but I did enjoy it..most of the time!

6 May, 2011

 

Oh right, I'd better not ask! Just remember the good parts . . . . : o )))

6 May, 2011

 

Bringing this blog up so we can look again at these fantastic colour combinations of tulips, im going to look on the net for the orange and purple combo, or maybe the hot coloured tulips, or the red, gonna search now :)))

23 Sep, 2011

 

What a good idea YD and what a fabulous blog KS!!! Stunning! Reminds me what spring has in store :)

23 Sep, 2011

 

Ive added to basket a collection of Huchera up to now hahaha.. 4 plants in the collection, £11.98. Georgia peach, Key lime pie, Creme brulee and Midnight bayou. 45mm plug plants..
Gonna check out the Tulips now lol..

23 Sep, 2011

 

Nice Heuchera choices DD! I loved seeing this blog again! I really enjoyed my purple and orange tulips this spring, but this year I am searching for 'Princess Irene'. I had some this year, just one pot, and I want to have some more next spring...such a lovely warm colour.

24 Sep, 2011

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