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Afterglow

The Netherlands, Voorhout – May 2020

The theme for the weekly Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #97 is ‘pastimes’.

Normally the bulb fields attract tourists in the Spring. The colours are always fantastic to see. Let alone the smell. In The Netherlands we are in an intelligent lockdown since March 12th. To prevent people from flocking into the bulb fields the growers decided to chop the heads sooner than normal. After all the bulbs that are on the field are meant to be sold, you can order them online from August. The flowers are taking too much strength out of the bulbs, that is why they are chopped off after flowering. Last weekend we spotted two fields still in bloom, and decided to have a closer look on a bicycle ride. This is what we found.
If you want to see flowers in bloom just check out the archives of flowers and Voorhout.

Shot with iPhone 11 Pro Max edited using Snapseed and Marksta Click the picture for a larger version

20 Responses to “Afterglow”

      • Prior...

        At first it was shocking to think that the fields of the tulips were cut – chopped! but the bulbs are where the money is – I get it….

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        • Prior...

          somewhere in the garage I have a plastic can with a bulb from Holland in it – it was given to me – I wonder if it is any good.

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        • Chris Breebaart

          It depends an a few factors: was it stored dry and in the dark? is the bulb still hard? What type of flower is it? They can last a long time. But if the can was closed it might be molded. Just give it a try, plant it in Autum and see what comes up next Spring!

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        • Prior...

          okay – I will keep you posted – seriously – thanks for the tip.

          and side note – when we first moved into our house about 15 years ago – I planted tulips and daffodil bulbs on this side garden area.
          The tulips only lasted one season – but the daffodils still come up – I tried tulips again over there a couple times and nada.
          so we might have local critters that like tulip bulbs

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        • Prior...

          oh Chris – you rock – I only knew you as photographer extraordinaire – and the master linker (how you used to connect folks when the daily post was active – many times your pingbacks on certain blogs were huge connections for bloggers – I know I always appreciate every ones – especially if the crickets were out and there was not a lot of traffic – your ping would come in and it was nice).
          anyhow, I will keep you posted –

          and I do have one more question.
          my neighbor gave me some potted tulips for Mother’s Day.
          I know have the bulbs and placed them in this huge vat of dirt in a large pot (sits on a low wall so not in the ground where critters can snack)
          and my question is – should I bring them indoors til fall or let them sit in the soil – I probably could look it up too – so not worries if you do not have the time

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        • Chris Breebaart

          Wow, I am happy you appreciated my “daily post linking’ in the good old days. Some people were not that happy wit it 🙂
          And thank you for the big compliment!
          You can keep bulbs two ways: either in the ground (provided they are not dug out or eaten) or dry in a dark place. In the latter case you plant them in Autumn.
          I just wonder: if a critter takes uit the tulips, why not the other bulbs?

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        • Prior...

          Well I guess daffodil bulbs arts poisonous – I posted about it on my blog a while back – but those are not tasty and tulips are
          .. also – I will
          Share a picture of the can I have – just for fun

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  1. Sue (Mac's Girl)

    An interesting picture! I always wondered what they did with all those flowers, but what you say makes sense. After all, we dead-head our tulips in the garden when they finish flowering. Thanks for sharing this.

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    • Chris Breebaart

      Well if you grow flowers for sale you will bring them to auction before bloom. That stage is to be enjoyed by the consumer. Glad to add to your knowledge 🙂

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  2. loisajay

    As with the other commenters, I didn’t know this either. But it makes sense if you think about it. All the nurseries sell roses (unbloomed), as well as daffodil and tulip bulbs–even paperwhites in the winter. Thank you for the great info, Chris.

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