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Outdoor Wednesday - A stroll through the Tulips

Welcome to Outdoor Wednesday! Spring is just around the corner and I'm anxious for it's arrival. Yesterday while I was running errands I noticed some Redbuds already starting to bloom. I have had a few Daffodils pop open in brilliant yellow this past week so I know my tulips are right behind them! Speaking of tulips, I thought I would share some beautiful Tulip Gardens from Holland with you. The best tulips come from Holland and every year millions, yes I said millions, of bulbs burst forth with vivid color every spring. This is a picture of a corner in Keukenhof Park in Holland. Each year the gardeners plant their bulbs in order to produce waves and waves of bright, splashy color. Other flowers are also added around the tulips to create color stories and movement within the garden.
These bulbs were planted in straight lines, alternating red and white species. When spring arrives, these almost resemble stripes on the flag. I keep saying that I am going to plant my tulips in this manner. What a showy garden!

These Red and Yellow bulbs have been planted in a semi-random configuration. For the most part you can see the lines but they are more wavy and loose. I am not sure of the exact type of tulip pictured here, but they are breathtaking and so sunny.
These Pink tulips are lovely. All pointing towards the camera as if they are posing with their little faces open. Last week during my post I had asked for you to cast your vote for the color scheme of my flower beds and I am happy to report that "Pink and Red" won out. That will be a big change from last year's lavender and lilac. Once all threat of frost is past we will start getting plants in the ground. Hopefully I will be able to share some pictures with you in about a month. Hope you have enjoyed the stroll through the garden, to see more outdoor inspiration, be sure to visit Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for a complete list of OW participants. Tomorrow is Tablescape Thursday and we will be taking a "Walk along the Beach", then Friday we will feature The Cook's Corner and add down home flavor Mexican Style, Saturday we will wrap up the week with a very special "Junk to Gems" feature. Until then,
Happy Gardening!


Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Wonderful post, fabulous pics and the great story to go with it. Cindy

The Quintessential Magpie said...


Such glorious color and lovely gardens. I'm always amazed at the Lord's handiwork!

Happy Outdoor Wednesday...


Sheila :-)

Terri Steffes said...

I totall love tulips. Bob, my husband, has been lucky enough to see them in Holland in person! It was in the 70s and so his pictures are no longer that great but his memories are!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Happy Outdoor Wednesday Alisa

I love tulips..especially when there are alot of them together!

Thanks for sharing your photos.


a quiet life said...

i have been to keukenhof several times, it is THE most fantastic place on earth. breathtaking...

Maryrose said...

Beautiful pictures, I so love visiting your blog. Thanks, Maryrose

Sue said...

How beautiful, you are right the best tulips do come from Holland. I think we all are so looking for spring and tulips are a sure sign that it is almost here!! thank you for sharing.

Lady Katherine said...

Tulips are so beautiful! I love that the pink tulips were facing in one direction!

Tealady said...

A visit to the Keukenhof Gardens is simply amazing. We actually spent an unforgettable Easter Sunday there. I'll post about that later this spring. Lovely tulip photos!

All the best, Lana

Jewel Sauls said...

What beautiful tulips! I enjoyed seeing them and your post!!! :D Jewel

April said...

Awww...TULIPS...one of my favorite flowers ever!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Gorgeous pictures! laurie

Blondie's Journal said...


How colrful! I am so looking forward to my tulips & daffodils peeking out of the ground next month!

Have a great week! :-)


Kat said...

Oh I just love tulips! These are all breathtaking, but those pink one just make me smile! Thanks! Kathy


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