Spring Tulips, anyone? Updated 18/09/14 for my visit in 2014

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  1. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    Spring has definitely sprouted here....

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    And with it, come the sneezes and hayfever!



    However, there is one small business/farm up in the local hills that will occasionally draw me out and about in Springtime.

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    This place....sells the Prince of Orange of all flowers.....

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    Tesselaar's is a family owned business and have been doing mail-order bulbs for the last 55 years. The family is originally from Holland....and every spring, for about 4 weeks, the farm is opened for a display of tulips. The family put the word out that the tulips had bloomed early this year and so, I made the effort to head for the hills on opening day to take a stroll around their 'garden'.


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    And my more artsy shots of the day......


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    I'm hoping to head up to the hills again in a couple of days time. It will be close on 2 weeks since this visit. Hope the tulips are still blooming!


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  3. mybestieismickey

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    So beautiful! Tulips are my absolute favorite. We have a tulip festival a few hours away that we try to attend each April. Makes me so happy. Thanks for sharing!
     
  4. bobbiwoz

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    Wow, what a gorgeous place to visit! I love seeing your pictures, Princess!
     
  5. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    Tiptoe thru’ the Tulips 2012



    I have to admit that I am looking forward to a bit of sunshine after a rather wet and cold Melbourne winter.

    The weather is slowly warming up over here…but on one of the days last week, it dawned beautiful and blue and sunny and temperatures in the low 70’s.

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    If it stays at this temperature, I’ll be happy. But I suspect that in 4 months from now, I’ll be complaining about the heat.

    Still…..I made the most of the glimpse of sunshine we saw and decided that I definitely needed to tiptoe through the tulips.



    Tesselaar is located up in the Dandenong hills in Melbourne, about an hour’s drive away from me. The family is originally from Holland and they have been growing and selling tulips for over 50 years. During the springtime, they hold the annual tulip festival. I was there this time last year....so I thought I'd add this year's pictures to the collection.


    Seems like a lot of other Melbournians had the same idea as me.

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    I tried hard to steer clear of people in my pictures….

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    …and in the end, I just decided to focus on the flower power on hand.




    Yellow…the colour of sunshine.

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    Pink….Pretty in Pink.

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    Orange….zesty, vibrant and spicy!

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    But I have to say, I’m more attracted to the deeper richer tones of purples, reds and the Queen of the Night.

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    Hope you enjoy the spring colour and here's to next year!




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  6. ready123go

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    So pretty! Thanks for sharing!
     
  7. MazdaUK

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    Lovely! The squirrels always eat my bulbs:furious:
     
  8. PrincessInOz

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    When It's Spring, Again...It's Tulips Time; 18 Sep 2014



    t was a typical cold and rainy day in Melbourne! Where else would one go? Tiptoeing through the Tulips at Tesselaars in the Dandenongs where it rained, hailed and shone for me.


    I missed the 2013 season because I was away on vacay; so I was determined to go-see the spring blooms again this year.

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    I've been photographing the spring blossoms on this one tree every time I go. No point breaking the tradition, right?

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    The tulip fields were in bloom.

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    It wasn't all only tulips. There were drifts of daffodils as well.

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    There were a number of garden artworks that I would have loved to have in my garden.

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    As the song goes....If it's spring again I'll bring again...tulips from Amsterdam......where windmills abound.

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    There were plenty of Dutch icons around.

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  9. PrincessInOz

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    But we're really here for the tulips, right?


    The colours in bloom on the day I visited included yellow.....

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    ....purple.....

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    ....pink......

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    ....and some orange.

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    I mentioned that it rained.

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    It was so cold and wet that none of the tulips opened.

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    Not that I was complaining. I just love the tulip shape and the closed flower suits me just fine.

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    This is the first time I've seen entertainment on offer mid-week. Normally it's just at the weekend.

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    I was delighted with the change. It really is the best of both worlds.....low crowds mid-week and enough entertainment to keep me on my toes.

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    The day really isn't complete without food. Over the years, Tesselaar's has added more food options to their Tulip Festival.

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    My morning tea consisted of a latte with poffertjes.

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    And I decided on Kibbeling for lunch; with tartare sauce, of course.

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    Roll on 2015!




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