Happy with hyacinths!


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I do not go out much, these days. But whenever I do, I try to make the most of it. So when we passed these flower fields, I just had to stop.

The striking colors of the flowering bulbs are a typical sight in Holland during the spring. The bright red, pink and yellow colors are overwhelmingly beautiful. When we got there, most flowers had already been removed, as these fields are used to grow the famous Dutch bulbs. But the hyacinths were still there, and it was so great to have aclose look. Even more: the sweet scent was overwhelming.

The culture of flowerbulbs  is limited to certain areas in Holland where the climate is moderate and the soil has the right quality. The peak season lies in the summer from June to September, when the bulbs are harvested, cleaned, graded, packed and shipped to many countries all over the world.

The stock of smaller bulbs is re-planted in October and November and covered with a layer of straw. In spring, when the flowers are in full bloom, the bulb fields are inspected frequently in order to maintain the best quality. After inspection, the heads are cut off to stimulate the growth of the bulbs.

This year, there were no tourists. The roads were deserted. You can hopefully visit the flowerfields again next year. Just a word of advice: many people want to take pictures of themselves IN the flower fields. Please do not. The fields and their flowers are the income of a hardworking farmer, who has to make a profit. When people walk through the fields, you can damage the crop. Take a picture standing near the field, not in it, on a spot where you are allowed to stand.

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