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4/23 - Leiden to Noordwijkerhout - Today was all about the flowers -
the reason we planned this trip at this time of year -
prime tulip, daffodil, hyacinth blooming time. And we weren't disappointed!
ABOVE - Fred and in the elegant breakfast room at our Leiden B&B.
There was even a fireplace to warm us!
Below - We saw several windmills near Zevenhuizen. Each is different from the next!
We rode for probably 10 kilometers along flower fields.
Below, left - Scenic lunch stop. I can't go a day without posting at least one windmill picture!
Below, middle - This windmill is covered entirely with thatch!
This field has every color hyacinth imaginable. I wish the picture could also let you sniff the fragrance!!
Below, right - Tulips - the nearest ones were mainly white with red accents
Below, left - Judith in front of daffodil field - many sizes and shades of yellow & white
Below, middle - Hyacinths - love the blue ones! Below, right - Daffodils
Below, middle - We made it to the world famous Keukenhof Gardens.
The gardens have more than 7 million tulips, daffodils & hyacinths in bloom.
In addition to 32 hectares of flowers, the spring garden has 7 themed flower pavilions
and over 100 works of art scattered throughout the grounds.
Below, left - 'Woodstock' Hyacinth, middle - various tulips, right - Tulipa 'Pink Twist'
I took close ups of a few of our favorite tulips.
I could easily have taken thousands of pictures here!
Below, left - Flaming Spring Green tulips Below, right - Double Flaming Parrot.
Below, middle - Tulipa 'Lundy'
Below, middle - Royal Design
Below, right - Acropolis Notice Judith's hand to give you an idea of the size!
Does anyone grow tulips this big at home?
Below, middle - Tulipa 'Chrystal Star'
Below, right - Tulipa 'Fire Wings'
Below, left - Tulipa 'Beauty of Spring', 'Candy Apple Delight', and 'Apricona'
Below, middle - Apricot Amor
Below, right - Astilbe 'Diamant'
Below, left - Shirley
Judith said this was her favorite, but I think she said that of about a hundred...
Below, left - Tulipa 'Calgary', middle - Tulipa 'Belicia', right - Tulipa 'Aquila'
Below - A mix of tulips, hyacinths and even some crocus in this flowerbed
Below, middle - Hyacinths
Below - Tiptoeing through the tulips, Judith with red and yellow tulips, Judith in front of hyacinths
Below, left - Judith on lily pads in the lake, Below, middle - Lily pads and sculpture
We had to wait in line for these lily pad photos - they were very popular!
Below, left - A wall of white and purple orchids behind us
A few of the numerous sculptures around the gardens
Below - The fragrance of these hyacinths was spectacular -
and especially good for our allergies. Love the pastel colors of this group!
Below, left - Red tulips - amazing edges to the petals
Below, right - Bromeliads shared the same pavilion with the orchids
Next we visited the orchid pavilion
Below, middle - Spectacular blue-purple orchid