How are the tulips doing in Holland?

Apr 17th, 2007, 11:54 AM
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Aurora, if you buy the map of the gardens at the Keukenhof,there are 3 or 4 places over by the windmill within the Keukenhof that you get pretty close to the fields. By seeing those, I don't feel I missed out on walking from Hillegom. We took the train to Leiden and #54 bus to Keukenhof, avoiding the lines entirely when we got there.

Be warned, those coming over this week. Today was COLD and very damp. I'd say low 50s if I had to guess.

Also, Haarlem has a large carnival (like what we call a street fair in the US -- cotton candy, unsafe looking carnival thrill rides, games where you try to win giant teddy bears, etc.) and the Markt is totally un-navigable and you can't see the front of that beautiful church! It was a shame really for us visiting today!

Enjoy getting ready to come over,all. It's been a great week!
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Apr 17th, 2007, 12:27 PM
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Thank you Amyb - that helps. After the baby (who is 2 years old now), we have learnt to be least ambitious in our plans when we travel At least the forecast on is between 63 and 72 for the 4 days we are going to be there next week ranging from sunny to partly cloudy - hope it turns out that way.
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Apr 20th, 2007, 09:39 PM
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My son and I just got back from that area yesterday. We cycled the fields around Keukenhof on Thursday and had great weather. All week has been beautiful with mixed sun and cloud but not too cool. Most days we just wore a sweatshirt-type jacket, although I noticed that the nights and early mornings were much colder by Friday than Monday when we arrived. Still quite comfortable though.

We had lunch at the home of some friends who live in Lisse within sight of Keukenhof and they said that it's been so warm but especially dry this year that the flowers are early by 1-2 weeks. Still, we saw several fields in bloom although they were actively dead-heading some on that day. It somehow seems so sad to see them cut the blooms off those gorgeous flowers! I didn't realize though that they don't dead-head the daffodils and hyacinths and we actually went past one field of blue hyacinths that were still in bloom. The smell was heavenly!

For Ida101 - I bought several big amaryllis bulbs to take home for gifts (we live in Germany) and spent some time talking with the farmer/vendor at the roadside stand. He too was selling all kinds of spring bulbs and told me to plant them now for blooming this year. They included all kinds of tulips, muscari, etc and weren't the typical summer bulbs like gladiolas I would have expected. I too thought it would have been too late to plant bulbs for later this spring. Who knew?

Haarlem - I have to agree with Amyb about the carnival in Haarlem. We took the train there specifically to cruise around the main square, check out the church, etc. and found the the carnival instead. Quite the contrast between old and new, but I found it really spoiled it for me and now wish that we had gone somewhere else. That said, my eight year old son loved it though.
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Apr 21st, 2007, 03:48 AM
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The carnival in Haarlem must be an annual event, held around the same time each year.

We were in Haarlem on April 17th, 2003, and found the same disappointing carnival on the Grote Markt. I did, however, take an interesting photo of the spire on the Grote Kerk enveloped by a ferris wheel... talk about old and new.

Peace, Robyn >-
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Apr 21st, 2007, 04:52 AM
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Ida101 - I bought some tulip bulbs, amaryllis bulbs, as well as several different assorted summer bulbs. The tulip bulbs should do fine, they are later blooming ones than what was out at Keukenhof. Right now, my kitchen window sills look like nursery stands
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Apr 21st, 2007, 07:01 AM
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Tulip travia--most of you Tulip lovers might already know this, but I just discovered it last month--cut tulips continue to grow up to 4 inches more in length. Imagine my surprise when the roses in my vase of tulips and roses began to appear shorter and shorter!
Ever observe this for yourself?
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Apr 23rd, 2007, 06:04 PM
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Well, I'll be in Amsterdam on Saturday the 28th. Any news on the tulips? Have I missed them?
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Apr 24th, 2007, 05:42 AM
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We were in Keukenhoff Gardens April 13 and it was beautiful.

At the gardens you can order bulbs to be sent to you at the proper time to plant. I think we spent about 80 euro for a variety (100) of bulbs.
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Apr 24th, 2007, 05:43 AM
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Check the other tulip thread going on here, there are many more updates, including mine from last week. (Click my name to get to it)
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Apr 24th, 2007, 05:44 AM
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Scratch that, this is that thread...sorry!!! Still working off the jetlag!
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Apr 24th, 2007, 06:19 AM
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Don't know about Keukenhof, but the weather is absolutely glorious! If you're in Amsterdam, it's Queen's Day on Monday; have fun!
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Apr 24th, 2007, 08:58 AM
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I'm really just checking on the tulips. Will there still be any on Sunday or have I missed them?
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Apr 24th, 2007, 11:03 AM
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luvtotravel, I just left Amsterdam on Thursday and I have no doubt there will be flowers left for you this weekend. While the fields may be somewhat deheaded (this is a guess, as they were starting to when I was there), the Keukenhof was definitely staggered, there were many, many blossoms that weren't even close to blooming last week. I think you'll be fine.
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Apr 24th, 2007, 12:25 PM
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Thank you, amyb.
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Apr 24th, 2007, 10:34 PM
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Tulips will still be plenty in Keukenhof, less on the fields.
Keukenhof has many large trees and many flowers therfore are in the shade.
Also they replant if necessary.
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Apr 25th, 2007, 06:23 AM
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I'm in Delft right now and went to K.Gardens today and the tulip fields. It's a glorious 78 degrees and lots of sun. No rain in site for days. The gardens are very beautiful right now. We saw few bulbs that were going to newly bloom soon. Most have bloomed or are now. If you're coming to Amsterdam this weekend, go to the gardens as soon as possible. The fields are almost spent. Some rows are still blooming, so you'll still see some for a few more days. 90% are topped already. There has been almost no rain for 5 weeks and warm temps. The people are very friendly and will answer any of your questions happily, even in the fields.

Don't bother renting bikes and riding through the fields, not enough to see that way. We drove through them and founds areas far apart from each other still blooming. It's a pretty site from the air as you come in to land.

Driving in this country is very, very hard. I grew up and learned to drive in S.California and have never experienced traffic like here in my life. We just drove 800 km. in 3 days and it was very intense.

Hope this update helps! Have a great trip.
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Apr 25th, 2007, 11:19 AM
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Thank you, Images2. We plan to head for Keukenhof on Sunday. Will not have a car and will skip the fields. I'm sure it will still be beautiful. What strange weather. I thought Holland would have daily high temperatures in the high-50s to low-60s. It's been so warm and it looks like it will continue for a little while longer. Cooler weather is predicted for the end of next week.

Enjoy the rest of your trip.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 01:57 AM
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The weather will be beautiful on Sunday. Sunny and 75 degrees. The flowers look so beautiful in the sun. Don't worry about not driving in the fields, since they're about gone. Have a great trip. We moved from Delft to Amsterdam now. The city is really torn up. Lots of road construction and people. We're staying in a nice B&B close to the Concert hall so it's ok there. Wonderful weather to dine outside at night.

Alkmaar cheese market is so crowded, we're here now. It's fun to see though.

Travel safely!
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Apr 27th, 2007, 07:51 AM
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luvtotravel; that's why there's no point in asking what the weather is going to be like too far in advance. April has just been far too hot. In some places in Holland it hasn't rained since March 22. It's the hottest and dryest April ever. We're enjoying it while it lasts!
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Just left AMS and the weather was spectcular. Warm sunny days and cool nights. Keukenkof was better than I expected. Truly beautiful.
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