Nederland - Noordoostpolder, tulips

Nederland: natuur en landschap


Pictures of landscapes and nature in the Netherlands (incl. bulbfields)

The Netherlands - tulips

06 May 2018 115 112 1005
A tulip bulb seems so ordinary, but if you look a little bit further you can see what's special about it. That special aspect is inside. A bulb has everything it needs to get a flower to bloom at the right time. If you cut the bulb in half, you will see the flower already. Around it are the skirts in which the food needed for the flower to grow is stored. Another special feature of flower bulbs is the fact that they are the first to bring colour to gardens and parks after a winter. When the flower bulbs bloom, spring has begun. Small tulip bulbs are planted in the autumn. In the ground, the little bulbs make roots and then go into rest until after the winter. The tulip bulbs need this cold period in order to be able to flower in spring. When winter is over, a stem comes out of the bulb with leaves and the tulip starts to bloom. It is often a big shock when the bulb grower enters the bulb fields with a machine to chop off the flowers (PiP4). A tulip grower doesn’t take care about the flowers. For him it is all about the bulbs. By chopping the flower in time, all the energy goes to the bulb. The bigger the flower bulb, the more money the farmer can make. A large bulb produces a solid flower in the garden and also produces small (new) bulbs, which serve as planting material for the next season. In June and July, the tulip bulbs are grubbed up, cleaned and sorted according to size. The large bulbs are then sold for floriculture or for gardens or parks.

Nederland - Noordoostpolder, tulips

30 Apr 2012 64 38 2114
Red and yellow tulips in the Noordoostpolder between Emmeloord and Espel.

Nederland - Noordoostpolder

26 Apr 2018 124 149 1426
The Noordoostpolder is a landmass of reclaimed land in the former Zuiderzee on average more than four meters below sea level. It turned out that the bottom of this sea is very suited for the cultivation of tulips. Nowadays it has one of the largest area of bulb fields in the Netherlands with many multi-acre fields of tulips that bloom every spring. During the so called ‘Tulip Festival’- from about mid April until around the beginning of May (depending on weather conditions - visitors can enjoy the vast tulip fields along a special bike and car route. The tulip route through Noordoostpolder has a length of about 100 km’s, leading visitors past the most beautiful tulip fields. See for more information and exact dates: www.vvvnoordoostpolder.nl/en/activiteitenkaart/detail/tulpenfestival-2018--6e4d42c1-c794-4577-8d22-923f67027d53

Nederland - Julianadorp, Tulpen Pluktuin

19 Apr 2016 206 193 3068
Surrounded by the largest bulb flower fields of the world lies the stunningly colourful ‘Tulpen Pluktuin’. This Tulip Picking Garden shows hundreds varieties of tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and many others. It is possible to stroll through the garden, take pictures and pick your own tulips.

Nederland - Anna Paulowna, Poldertuin

15 Apr 2020 109 100 532
After the construction of the Anna Paulownapolder an office of the water board was built. This stately home is locally known as Polderhuis . In 1885 the Poldertuin (Polder Garden) around the house was designed by landscape architect Jan David Zocher jr., who also designed the well known Vondelpark in Amsterdam and the garden of Soestdijk Palace. His gardens are characterized by winding paths and water features with bridges. Polderhuis (nowadays privately owned) and Poldertuin were sold to the municipality. The garden is still owned by the municipality of Hollands Kroon, but since 2014 it is managed by a foundation. In autumn volunteers plant 220.000 flower bulbs, which are blooming between early April and mid May. The flower bulbs are donated by about hundred flower bulb growers in the region. Park Poldertuin with its large variety of springtime flowers like tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and special bulbs and tubers is also called ‘Little Keukenhof’ and can be visited free of charge. The garden is a real hidden gem and almost unknown to tourists.

Nederland - Anna Paulowna, Poldertuin

06 May 2018 94 96 1250
After the construction of the Anna Paulownapolder an office of the water board was built in Kleine Sluis. The stately home is locally known as ‘Polderhuis’. In 1885 the ‘Poldertuin’ around the house was designed by landscape architect Jan David Zocher jr., who also designed the Vondelpark in Amsterdam and the garden of Soestdijk Palace. His gardens are characterized by winding paths and water features with bridges. ‘Polderhuis’ (nowadays privately owned) and ‘Poldertuin’ were sold to the municipality. The ‘Poldertuin’ is still owned by the (new) municipality of Hollands Kroon. Since 2014 the garden is managed by a foundation. In autumn volunteers plant about 220.000 flower bulbs, which are blooming between early April and mid May. The flower bulbs are donated by bulb growers from the region. The ‘Poldertuin’ with its large variety of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and special bulbs and tubers is also called ‘Little Keukenhof’ and can be visited free of charge.

Nederland - Anna Paulowna, Poldertuin

19 Apr 2016 112 113 1895
After the construction of the Anna Paulownapolder an office of the water board was built in Kleine Sluis. The stately home is locally known as ‘Polderhuis’. In 1885 the ‘Poldertuin’ (Polder garden) around the house was designed by landscape architect Jan David Zocher jr., who also designed the Vondelpark in Amsterdam and the garden of Soestdijk Palace. ‘Polderhuis’ (nowadays privately owned) and ‘Poldertuin’ were sold to the municipality. The Poldertuin is still owned by the (new) municipality of Hollands Kroon. Since 2014 the garden is operated by a foundation. In autumn volunteers plant about 200.000 flowerbulbs, which are blooming between early April and mid May. The ‘Poldertuin’ with its large variety of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and special bulbs and tubers is also called ‘Little Keukenhof’. Main picture: Tulip Brownie PiP’s: Poldertuin

The Netherlands - flower bulb country

15 Jun 2018 96 85 934
Today the Netherlands produces billions of flower bulbs each year (of which two thirds are exported worldwide).The business of growing flower bulbs began almost 400 years ago, and The first Dutch flower bulbs grew in Leiden, in the botanical garden of the university. They were planted there by Carolus Clusius, a scientist who wrote the first major book on tulips in 1592. Leiden was the first bulb region of the Netherlands, but initially the tulips did not leave Clusius's botanical garden. Only after a theft cultivation could spread. Once, the value of tulips was enormous. They were imported to the Netherlands from Turkey in the mid-16th century and gradually seized the passions of rich Dutchmen. In the Dutch Golden Age tulips became popular in paintings and festivals; tulip collecting amongst the elites became a popular pastime. In the mid-17th century, tulips were so popular that they created the first economic bubble, known as "Tulip Mania" (tulipomania). As people bought up bulbs, they became so expensive that they were used as money until the market in them crashed. But the Netherlands is still the centre for the trade of flowers and bulbs.

Nederland - Anna Paulowna, Poldertuin

16 Apr 2020 95 96 392
The Poldertuin in Anna Paulowna has become a well known name in the region. It offers a large assortment of tulips (230 species), daffodils (125 species), hyacinths (30 species) and special bulbous and tuberous plants (35 species). During springtime - early April till early May - visitors are treated to a lavish and colourful park, which can be visited free of charge.

Nederland - Anna Paulowna/Breezand

06 May 2018 110 105 1313
The Noordelijk Zandgebied is the most northern part of the province North-Holland around the villages of Anna Paulowna and Breezand. This ‘sand area’ is the largest contiguous flower bulb production area in the world. The sandy soils and maritime climate are ideal for growing bulbs. The fresh sea breeze is not attractive for insects that can infect the crop with viruses. In the region is sufficient water available for sprinkling the fields in the event of drought. Main picture: in the background the village of Anna Paulowna PiP’s: several bulb fields in the area

Nederland - Limmen, Hortus Bulborum

21 Apr 2015 126 114 2622
The Hortus Bulborum is the only museum garden in the world where you can find an enormous variety of historical tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and other bulbous cultivars, species and varieties in bloom. Every spring the garden transforms into a treasure trove full of dazzling colours, beautiful shapes and overwhelming fragrances. Hortus Bulborum offers about 2.650 varieties and species of historical tulips; among them the famous ‘Duc van Tol Red and Yellow’ (PiP 1); the eldest known cultivar from 1595. More info and pictures of the 'Duc van Tol' tulip: www.ipernity.com/doc/294067/48532884 Apart from tulips over 1.100 different varieties and species of daffodils can be admired, as well as more than 100 varieties of both crocuses and hyacinths (PiP 2) and 25 of the Fritillaries imperialis (PiP 3). The aim of Hortus Bulborum is to maintain these cultivars and safeguard them for the future generations.

Nederland - Limmen, Hortus Bulborum/Duc van Tol tu…

19 Apr 2019 91 90 887
The “Duc van Tol” tulips are the most historic of all tulips that have been collected by the Hortus Bulborum through the years. It has a collection of more than twenty cultivars, of which “Duc van Tol Red & Yellow” of 1595 is the eldest. This tulips are among the eldest cultivated tulips ever raised in the Netherlands and laid the foundation of commercial bulb growing in the Netherlands. The early flowering “Duc van Tol” tulips were very much in demand until 1940 when production of this gtroup was discontinued. The name of “Duc van Tol” tulips probably derives from Adriaen Du(y)c(k), Lord of Oudkarspel, who married Aleid van Tol around the year of 1550. The “Duc van Tol” tulips are low, early flowering tulips whose petals often have contrasting colours. They are 20-40 cm high, but most do not reach more than 25 cm. The eldest species are the shortest. This makes them very suitable for growing in pots, which together with the early flowering period is probably the reason why they are still available in several varieties. The PiP’s on the left side show more “Duc van Tol” tulips The PiP’s on the right side show pictures from Hortus Bulborum More info about Hortus Bulborum: www.ipernity.com/doc/294067/37859542

Nederland - Pluktuin Bakkum

19 Apr 2019 121 123 776
Pick your own bouquet of tulips - with or without a bulb. Walk with a bucket and scissors through the tulip fields and pick the color or shape you like. That is possible in the Pluktuin in Bakkum .

Nederland - Zijpe

22 Apr 2010 70 41 2194
Flowering tulips between Schagerbrug and Callantsoog (nearby De Stolpen).

Nederland - Julianadorp

25 Apr 2017 107 98 1612
Blooming tulips around the village of Julianadorp. Julianadorp is located in the so called Top of North Holland, a region offering vast fields of tulips, hyacinths and narcissus in all kind of colours.

Nederland - Callantsoog

22 Apr 2010 48 33 1665
Flowering hyacinths between Schagerbrug and Callantsoog.

Nederland, Egmond aan den Hoef

20 Apr 2016 78 86 1574
Traditional bulb fields can be found around Egmond. These - often smaller - fields are located at the foot of the dunes. Bulb growers find an ideal soil for growing their bulbs, consisting of a mixture of dune sand and clay; in Dutch called ‘geestgrond’.

Nederland - Kop van Noord-Holland

15 Apr 2020 90 93 428
The so called Kop van Noord-Holland is the northern part of the province of North Holland: an authentic area, surrounded by three coasts: North Sea, Wadden Sea and IJsselmeer. The Kop van Noord-Holland is also the largest tulip area in the Netherlands. Colourful flowers and bulb fields as far as the eyes can see. From mid-March to mid-May the region turns into one big sea of flowers. It starts with the crocus season, then daffodils and hyacinths appear and finally the tulips show their different colours from mid-April until the beginning of May. In addition to the vast bulb fields the Kop van Noord-Holland features a couple of very interesting sights: Hortus Bulborum in Limmen with hundreds of different species of blooming bulbs and the Poldertuin in Anna Paulowna, a public park with 220.000 bulbs. Thanks to the long springs with cool nights this part of the country is extremely suitable for tulip growing. The sandy soil in the polders is constantly drained. This creates ideal conditions for the bulbs.

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