How are the tulips doing in Holland?

Mar 15th, 2007, 07:56 AM
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We'll be in Amsterdam May 9-12. Too late for tulips? Is it still worth a trip to Keukenhof for other flowers?
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Mar 15th, 2007, 08:29 AM
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We took a trip to Holland in late April-early May of 2005 specifically to catch the tulips at their peak. After fretting for months about an unusually warm or cold March and April, and then really fretting when we saw no brightly colored fields as our plane circled near Schiphol, we saw plenty of brilliant fields and flowers during our trip.

If you have a car, don't limit your tulip viewing to Keukenhof. Drive around the area and look for the tulip fields (Keukenhof is more of a cultivated garden - a very large garden about the size of Disneyland). In addition to the area near Keukenhof, there are many fields north of Amsterdam (east of Alkmaar) and in eastern Friesland.
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Mar 15th, 2007, 10:28 AM
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The good news for you Tulip watchers but not for those of us in Holland) is that after a spell of very warm weather we are going to be back to cold weather from tomorrow, which will slow things down a tad.
I have seen my first tulips blooming - in a very sheltered garden. Hope to be out and about this weekend so I'll keep you posted...
I have to agree with smueller - if you get the chance go further than Keukenhof and see the fields too.
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Mar 22nd, 2007, 06:25 AM
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Mar 23rd, 2007, 05:27 AM
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Bumping TTT....I'll be there in 3 weeks!
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Mar 23rd, 2007, 05:47 AM
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I cannot recommend warmly enough the Aalsmeer auction, it is really worth it getting up early for it. Walking on the catwalks over an 'ocean' of flowers it is just amazing!

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Mar 23rd, 2007, 08:09 AM
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Weather is due to warm up again on Sunday, thank goodness. I haven't managed to get near the bulb fields yet I'm afraid.....
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Mar 24th, 2007, 04:58 AM
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Yes, yes, please complete your sentence!!
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Mar 24th, 2007, 05:07 AM
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In Amsterdam last week of April last year and the tulips in the garden and along the way were in beautiful blooms. Ordered tulips in Keukenhof garden wehre you will see several vendors. Bulbs arrived in the fall. We planted tulips and iris from there, and they are beginning to bloom here Myrtle Beach S.C.
Hope you are as fortunate as we were to see these lovely flowers. Have a good trip.
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Mar 24th, 2007, 05:34 PM
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My friend in Haarlem says that the hyacinths in the fields are blooming already. Could be an early tulip season.

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Mar 24th, 2007, 06:23 PM
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I will be visiting the tulip fields around the 25th of April. Is it possible to ride a bike from Amsterdam out to the tulip fields or from Harlem? Can you order tulip bulbs at Keukenhof?
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Mar 25th, 2007, 09:14 AM
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When the tulips are "early," how early is "early?"
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Mar 25th, 2007, 11:20 AM
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The "normal" blooming is late April to early May. I would guess they will be two weeks early this year, pending weather.
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Mar 26th, 2007, 05:27 AM
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Do the tulips in the fields have staggered blooming times as they do in the K. gardens? Are there early, mid, and late blooming tulips?

We plan on being in the fields on April 25.
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Mar 26th, 2007, 03:22 PM
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My tulips here in the middle of Michigan are prospering in force. They are 3" to 4" out of the ground already. Buds are forming on one hyacinth. Naysayers are telling me that the big snow is COMING!!! That will crush my beauties. But I remember a few weeks ago that March came in like a den of lions so it must leave like a flock of baah, baah, baah.

Good luck in the Netherlands. If you buy bulbs MAKE SURE that you get an official and dated Phytosanitary certificate. Otherwise your bulbs will go to the US Customs incinerator. That has happened to me a couple of times.

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Mar 26th, 2007, 06:30 PM
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We will be in Amsterdam in the third/fourth week of April. Is there a way to see the tulip fields beyond the Keukenhof Gardens if we don't have a car or ride bikes? Are there ways/routes to take a train or bus and then walk through the fields or get good views of the tulip fields?
Thank you.
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Mar 26th, 2007, 07:45 PM
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Mar 27th, 2007, 12:40 AM
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The fields are seen on the east side of trains going south from Amsterdam and Haarlem. It's a fast view just north of Leiden. Take an afternoon train on a sunny day. From Amsterdam or Leiden your may be able to find bus tours. Google it.
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Mar 27th, 2007, 04:25 AM
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Here's a tip I got from this board, last year, I believe:

Hillegom, the train station platform, where the platform is out in the middle of nowhere except for the miles of flower fields. There are benches on the platform so you can sit and see the blooms, but you can also walk about 2 miles on a road going right thru the tulip and other flower fields to the Keukenhof.

Sounds like a good way to get into the fields without having a car!
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Mar 27th, 2007, 06:24 AM
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Images, or anyone else who has walked from Hillegom to Keukenhof, is it obvious in which direction to walk from the station to the gardens? I got the impression there wasn't much at the train platform except the platform, so I'd kind of like to know better before I attempt this.
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