Thursday, April 19, 2012

Tulips are special!

I love tulips! The only "bad" thing about tulips is that they don't bloom for the entire gardening season!

I was in Pella, home of Tulip Time recently and saw some gorgeous tulips. Due to our warm winter and early spring, the tulips were at their peak when I visited last week. Enjoy!


Shape and color, what's not to like?


Ranunculus? Nope, it's a tulip!


Posing in front of a tulip display in the park. Note the lovely fountain behind me.


It's all about COLOR here!


This reminds me of a peony.


Tulips blend well with hostas, don't you agree?


Scene at the Historical Village


Stunning courtyard at the Historical Village


More tulips at the Historical Village


Love these lavender and white tulips at Brinkhoff Park








Windmill at Brinkhoff Park, surrounded by tulips


The fringey red tulips are stunners.


I was taken by these stunning two-toned tulips. I just couldn't stop taking pictures of them!


Love this little vignette in front of a store in Pella

For more on my trip to Pella, click here.


"The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for Him there." ~George Bernard Shaw




Thanks for visiting!
Beth

Linking to Fertilizer Friday






29 comments:

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

I share your love of tulips and your post is "Breathtaking"! That picture of you is one YOU SHOULD FRAME! You look so pretty amongst the tulips! I have "ONE" blooming outside in my massive gardens. YES only one! The winter varmints always feast on my bulbs, UGH! I dream that someday I will conquer and have fields of them...
Have a wonderful weeks end,
Enjoy all the pretty flowers,
Big Hugs,
Donna

Diane said...

(Me catching my breath.) These photos are all so special. I never get to see tulips like these, and so many of them. What a lovely time I had looking at them!

Diane

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Looks like you had a great day Beth, how fun that everything was in bloom! Great pic of you too:@)

Tete said...

Those are sure some pretty tulips you found. Love the ones that look like peonies. I have never seen any like that before.

daisy said...

What a gorgeous display! How blessed you are to have visited all that magic.

Andrea said...

OMG i haven't seen such displays even in photos! They certainly have the most magnificent colors and varieties. We don't see actual tulips on the ground because they don't grow in the tropics, we just import the cutflowers. So the first time i saw them in Sweden, though not like these displays, I immediately take photos. They are just growing like weeds under some trees where i saw them, but they still look fabulous! Glad to meet you in that photo!

Tootsie said...

I thank you so much for linking in this week. It is an honor to host Friday's Flaunt and meet new friends and visit the regulars (who are like old friends) who share. I always feel so privelaged to know that inspiration is just a click away when need a bit of a boost for my spirits! It is a pleasure to tour and see all the gorgeous blooms...landscaping and ideas that all the participants share, and I appreciate each and every link and comment! I have shared your post today with my facebook page for Tootsie Time. I hope you will link in again soon!
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Dragonfly Treasure said...

Amazing! So many different varieties! Would have sworn on a Ranunculus and peony!
*hugs*deb

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Those tulips sure are beautiful :) :) I agree...tulips are gorgeous and come in so many lovely colors :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :) :) :)

Darla said...

Beth, I thought your other post was beautiful at Pella! Makes me want to crawl into my computer and roll around in the mist of the Tulips!!! Where's Tiny Tim? LOL And you, you are adorable.

Junebug said...

The tulips are absolutely beautiful! Our tulips here in Oregon are finally blooming. We've had a cool and wet spring. Our tulip festival has extended because of the late blooms and I get to drive by their fields everyday on my way to work. I someday hope to make it to Pella. I visit family in NW Iowa and can't seem to find enough time to branch out. Hugs from Oregon!

Larry said...

Hey Beth... sure looks familiar!! Did you happen to notice a little area on the square behind the info windmill that had huge shiny orange blooms? I did know the name of them a couple of seasons ago when I spoke with someone involved in Pella's planting. He told me those bulbs at that time were $5 apiece which explains the smaller planting I would guess! Larry

Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

So many beautiful tulips, so little room in the garden--sigh! Thank you for sharing all the great pictures--I loved them!

Bella said...

Hi Beth,
GORGEOUS!! They are amazing! I ove the rows of color in front of the cabin...
Hugs,
Bella

Zinnia said...

Tulips are wonderful they are in such variety and for such a long bloom time. In Sundsvall learn the tulips take time before they reach their peak. The pink and white tulips are wonderful. The yellow double usually smell so good. One of my favor rites are Monte Carlo. The pinkish-red is an absolute need factor. Beautiful tulips at all that you show up. One advantage I have with my back which is located in the northeastern state that the tulips bloom well into June. I wish you a wonderful weekend! Zinnia

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Wow, now I have my tulip fix after seeing all of these. I have finally accepted that if I want a lovely tulip display, I will have to plant new ones each year and protect them from the squirrels and rabbits.

Eileen

xinex said...

Wow! What beautiful tulips. That must have been some tour, Beth. Thanks for sharing

Rettabug said...

Oh be still my heart........Beth, those photos just take my breath away, honest!!! I just made that courtyard at the Historical Village my desktop photo...I hope you don't mind.
You should have put some of those pictures into Vee's April Note Card party.
Any one of those shots would make GREAT note cards!!

I also hope you win Gollum's gardening basket because YOU of all people would really put it to good use.

Hugs,
Rett

Rettabug said...

forgot to say "You look Gorgeous, Honey!" Such a pretty picture of you with the flowers & the fountain. You should print & frame it.

Barbara F. said...

First, the photo of you is gorgeous! And thanks for these glorious photos of the most beautiful tulips. Pella looks like great place to visit. xo

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Beth
What an amazing kaleidoscope of colours! Obviously not a huge colony of squirrels nearby to dig up the tulips like we have. Hmm, tulips and host at the same time, I'll be lucky to have this happen but they do marry well.
I hope to get back to posting some time next week - I've been visiting at least. :-)
Hugs,
Judith

relevanttealeaf said...

Hi Beth, your tulip photos are just magnificient! I enjoyed seeing your picture too!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Holy gorgeous Beth! I sure want to go to Pella bad, I mean I just have to find a way next year!
Cute pic of you too!
Cindy

Karen said...

Stunning photography Beth! Better than garden magazine shots..
Lovely photo of you in front of the fountain, def frame it!
thanks for the visit

glimpsesofglory-katen.blogspot.com

My Little Home and Garden said...

Beth,
You've shown an incredible array of tulips; the lavender and white ones are stunning. I enjoy visiting historical villages so would no doubt like to spend some time at this one.
One more thing, the photo of you is lovely!
-Karen

meowmeowmans said...

Oh ... SO beautiful! How lucky you were to see all of that beauty in person! :)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Such gorgeous tulips in your area, Beth! I love the variety of colors and shapes. Mine are past prime as they bloomed early this spring due to our unusual warmer weather.

cherry said...

Beth I just want to know how did you leave.. I would have wanted to stay till the last bloom faded .. Beautiful! all of your pictures are just beautiful..
hugs, Cherry

Tootsie said...

what a beautiful place!!! I agree tulips don't last long enough....you are a cutie pie too garden friend!!! its nice to see what everyone looks like!
I thank you so much for linking in this week. It is an honor to host Friday's Flaunt and meet new friends and visit the regulars (who are like old friends) who share. I always feel so privelaged to know that inspiration is just a click away when need a bit of a boost for my spirits! It is a pleasure to tour and see all the gorgeous blooms...landscapind and ideas that all the participants share, and I appreciate each and every link and comment! I have shared your post today with my facebook page for Tootsie Time. I hope you will link in again soon!
(¯`v´¯)
`*.¸.*´Glenda/Tootsie
¸.•´¸.•*¨) ¸.•*¨)
(¸.•´ (¸.•´ .•´ ¸¸.•¨¯`•.

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