April 4, 2011

Tulip mania is in full bloom in the Netherlands right now, as shown by these amazing photographs of the bulb fields in bloom. The area is known as Bloembollenstreek, or flower bulb street, a strip of 19 miles between Haarlem and Leiden, where fields of flowers are grown. The flowers start blooming in January and lillies bloom late in May, but mid-April is the time for the area's most famous flower, the tulip, to shine. Exploding in strips of bright colors from the second half of April to the beginning of May, these Dutch tulips are sold all over the world.


tulip fields

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The area is also home to Kuekenhof, the largest garden of bulb flowers, which has 4.5 million tulips in 100 varieties, as well as lots of other bulbs, such as this path of hyancinths and daffodils: