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Tulip time!

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It's a short window of opportunity, they cultivate these endless fields of
colour for the bulbs, not the flowers.
In the next field they were going over them with a sort of giant lawn mower,
hacking the flower heads off so the green leaves can concentrate their
energies into dividing the bulbs underground.
On the road in the distance there was long, long traffic jam of (mostly
German) coaches all trying to get into the "Keukenhof" (a big botanical
garden based on the tulip).
27th Apr 2008, 16:17  


nige says:

wow. what colour. i'd love to see that.

27th Apr 2008, 16:26

beth says:

oh these are just stunning

27th Apr 2008, 16:27

hildegard says:

Again with the stunning, especially so for 2 & 4.

27th Apr 2008, 17:04

jonester says:

See a load of flower lorrys round here and in Ireland all of the time - whats that like for a job ?

27th Apr 2008, 17:58

JokerXL says:

Tnx all.

Driving flowers and plants from NL to UK is a mad job J, because it's mainly cut-flowers they have to go like the clappers, usually through the night, after the auction in Almere has decided what's going where.
Once in the UK they often have dozens of drops to get through, from road-side stalls to supermarkets, before racing back to the nearest boat back to NL to start all over again the next day.
Days like Mother's day or Valentine's are complete nightmares.
I never saw an "old" flower-driver.

27th Apr 2008, 20:30

MaggieD says:

These are just an ace set of pics .... the back story makes it a little sad ..... and there has to be a little 'shopping going on there in the last two shots :)

27th Apr 2008, 20:40

swamprose says:

so over the top but that's what I expect, down to the flower mowing.

flower auction here is complete craziness. 5 am. stay away from flowers and live long.

27th Apr 2008, 23:03

JokerXL says:

No shoppin' Maggie, other than a little "levels" and tidying-up,
Mike & Boet really were "tiptoeing through the tulips".

28th Apr 2008, 05:41

wow. i'm going to pretend I didn't read the bit about hacking...

28th Apr 2008, 13:59

minkey says:

Passion for tulips has never stopped. Nice series of pics

2nd May 2008, 22:43

Viv says:


9th May 2008, 18:41