Colorful Dutch Bulbfields

Although we were a little early for the tulips, we were able to catch a glimpse of some colorful Dutch bulbfields.

Reportedly, there are 10,000 growers in this region.

Carolus Clusius, Dutch botanist and gardener to the Habsburg emporer, brought the first tulip bulb from Vienna. The flower flourished in Holland’s sandy soil (about half of the country is at or below sea level and a portion was once underwater) and voilà, an industry was born! Well, after a mania and a bubble and all that, that is.

Nowadays, bulbs such as crocuses, daffodils, narcissi, hyacinths, irises and gladioli are planted alongside tulips.

Bulbfields, Netherlands, Holland, bulb

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