Saturday, May 1, 2010

May Day

Happy May Day everyone!

I'm going to have to look up what "May Day" actually is. In most European places, May 1st is actually Labor Day. But I don't think that's what "May Day" means. I'm thinking May Poles and things. Right?

Since Monday April 26th was my birthday (no, I'm not counting them anymore, so don't ask), we went to the best spring flower garden in the world. Keukenhof. It's a few hours drive for us (near Amsterdam), but it is SOOO worth it. It was a fanTAStic day, weatherwise. Not too cold, not too hot, no rain. Absolutely beautiful.

Without further delay, here are the photos! Hopefully this doesn't slow down the loading of the site...

Beech Lane

I LOVED the border or daffodils on the far right in this photo. Everything is so impeccably trimmed. There are about 30 gardeners on staff, and every year the replant everything. I guess that's why it looks so tidy and organized. It's a huge garden too. I can't imagine all the work they put into it!

Hyacinths, Tulips and Daffodils

You could smell hyacinths everywhere you went in the park. Sometimes it was a little overwhelming. Good thing we don't have any allergies.

Tiny Narcissus that I didn't get the name of, unfortunately
More tiny narcissus

 My favorite tulip: Angelique (the blue flowers are Siberica)

Water feature

This one's called Roulette!!! 
(I think they meant the casino game with a wheel though.)

Tulip fields

They had a section of the park called Inspiration Gardens. They had guest gardeners doing the displays here. It really was inspirational.
Flowers in wool stockings, hanging on a fence. Who would have thought of that?

I can do that, right? (on a much smaller scale...)

More tiny narcissus - this one's called Minnow.

There was also an orchid show going on at the same time. Here are a few of my favorites.

Sawadee Green Star

This is a pale green with vibrant purple center. Just gorgeous.

An orchid with a very small bloom - looking quite dramatic planted in a row. It was the palest of greens, with a subtle pinkish center.

close up - no idea of the name, unfortunately!

Like my new shoes?

It really was a fantastic trip. I wish I had a back yard (or any yard!) to do some spring flower planting in. They are just beautiful!

Can we go again next year, Ludi?

I hope you enjoyed the pictures. And I promise to post the rest of the photos from Germany soon. See you later!



1 comment:

Anonymous said...

WOW! THe flowers are just beautiful! Lucky you. : ) I love all the mass plantings and the Angeliques in the white pot. I think that's what they were. Maybe I should do that by the garage!