Keukenhof is a great place to visit, designed to showcase
Holland's finest nurseries at their very best. The mature parkland has been beautifully landscaped to give a new vista or surprise at every turn.
We loved this quirky design feature. When we went over to look more closely our eyes were drawn to the soft woodland planting behind.
We were fortunate in having sunshine all through the day but there are undercover attractions too.
This pavilion housed a stunning collection of hydrangeas. This was my favourite, it had bright cobalt blue and white flowers.
The displays are changed regularly to feature different garden bulbs and perenniels, even cut flowers. They were starting to put together a new display of garden lilies while we were there.
Walking between the hyacinth borders was a lovely experience, their perfume was overwhelming. We loved the way they were planted, pinks and purples one side, blues and whites the other, making it easy to compare and select varieties for colour schemes and planting.
My absolute favourite tulip was "Brown Sugar", a rich terracotta-orange variety which I have not yet found in Wales..
Combining Spring flowers to give an extended period of interest is an art and this was an excellent example of how to do it. There were early white multi-headed narcissi followed by mid-blue, pale blue and white hyacinths. The next to flower would be the white blowsy double tulips and finally the tall fritillaries which will have small dark purple bell-like flowers up their stems (not in flower yet).
The Beatrix Pavilion
This pavilion was devoted to orchids and exotic plants. There were several of these ladies, each with dresses made of flowers and foliage. The orchids were
sensational and beautifully displayed. As you can see, they attracted a lot of attention.
We loved the family of cyclists, an appropriate sculpture for Holland with its passion for bicycles as transport.
My final image - soft pink tulips in a pretty woodland setting with people enjoying a perfect Spring day full of colour and perfume. That summed up Keukenhof for us. We both loved every minute.