A few weeks ago I went to Keukenhof (Kitchen Garden) with Johan’s family. The cover of the brochure said it is “the most beautiful spring garden in the world”. I took my allergy medication but it didn’t help me much. It was worth the suffering since I had a chance to get up close and personal with the beautiful flowers.
Queen of the Night is my favorite type of Tulip. It’s a dark chocolate purple in color and almost black. The first time I was at Keukenhof and took a few photos of Queen of the Night bulbs, some of them looked very black. My friends called them black tulip and I thought that was the name of the hybrid.
The theme for 2007 is “300 years of Linnaeus, King of Flowers”. Linnaeus was “a well-know botanist, born in Sweden 300 years ago. He studied in the Netherlands at the University of Harderwijk – the predecessor of the current argricultural university of Wageningen – where he also obtained his PhD”. A lot of displays at Keukenhof this year is related to the Swedish – Dutch relationship. Pippi Longstocking painted in flowers is a very popular spot for tourists. I even joined the crowd and took some pictures.
I have never seen orchids in shades of green before so I spent almost an hour in the rare flowers building. After that it was time to visit the windmill. There were too many tourists so I didn’t climb the staircase to the top. Since I was up there once I didn’t feel the need to fight the crowd. You can see a very beautiful view of the tulip fields from higher ground.
I ran out of battery toward the end of the walk. Johan said he will take me back again in a couple of weeks so I can take more pictures. I will take two batteries the next time, lol.