Tulips have always been my favourite Spring flower , both for their beauty and the history that surrounds them. I find it absolutely fascinating that they can be dated back as far as the Ottoman Empire.
We are fortunate to have a tulip farm only a couple of hours drive away and as it had been five years since our last visit my sister Lyn and I decided it was high time for a return visit.
The tulip farm is at Table Cape near Wynyard in our states far north west region overlooking Bass Strait, (this separates Tasmania from mainland Australia,) and has been in the same family for many generations. For one glorious month from late September to October it is open to the public and has become quite a tourist attraction.
I have always loved the parrot tulips and have a few in my garden but I this green and white one with its unusual markings really caught my eye.
Of course you can never go past the pink ones and this double pink that reminds me of a peony was a winner, as was the striped number below.
A colourful display of red and yellow tulips and bikes with a nod to their Dutch heritage. Looking at this I am returned to my first and only visit to the Netherlands in Spring and a visit to the Keukenhof Gardens with their magnificent tulip displays. I might add this was way back in 1975 so maybe its time for a return visit.
My choice of outfit for the day was rather unusual for me based on practicality , lots of walking , a cool day with rain predicted and possible high winds. My wide leg black pants that have been in high rotation this year , paired with a black knit and a short sleeve Paula Ryan shirt served the purpose brilliantly.
I added my red leather gloves, bought in Bilboa , Spain last year, a vintage red velvet cap , red earrings and a Charles Jourdan silk scarf in black , white and a mixed colour shoe print. I bought the scarf at a local boutique (no now longer) where I worked at the time, happy memories every time I wear this one.
Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Mica for Weekday Wear Link Up, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Fancy Friday .
Tulips are my favorite flower too! I love the simple, clean design of it. I even have never been to the Keukenhof. If you would visit it now you wouldn t believe how busy it is there. This year they had a warming out because there were so many tourists making photos between the flowers for Instagram. And they trapped all the flowers! Have a great start of the week!
Many thanks Nancy . I am glad I visited Keukenhof back then too , my sister went a couple of years ago and said you could hardly move due to the number of people. Sad to hear that people are showing no regard for the flowers to get the IG shot. Enjoy your week .
Beautiful flowers! I had no idea there were so many different types of tulips. And your outfit matches the scenery, too.
Thank you so much Tiina, it is the variety of shapes and colours that makes them a Spring favourite.
Such beautiful photos! The rows of different colour tulips are amazing! I love your black, white and red outfit!
Thank you so much Emma, tulips always put on quite a show.I was pleased with my casual and practical outfit, a change for me.
Wow! What a beautiful place!!
Thank you Mireille, it really is quite spectacular in full bloom.
What a feast for the eyes! That first image should be framed, it’s glorious!
I had no idea tulips could be traced back to the Ottoman Empire. I wonder if they were ever represented in any of the carvings or fabrics?
Your outfit may be practical but it looks so very stylish! xxx
Many thanks Vix, I passed your compliment onto my sister who was took that shot. The original tulips were somewhat different to todays hybridised ones but I wouldnt be at all surprised if they featured on the carvings and carpets.
My hubby’s heritage is from the Netherlands and it is one place we want to visit. I love love this farm, how gorgeous! Tulips are my favorite too. Hard to have here in this climate. Love the colorful scarf and the red accents with your neat hat and gloves. I love pairing black white and red.
thanks for linking!
Many thanks Jess , I agree black, white and red are always so good together. It certainly would be interesting to visit the Netherlands with your husbands family connection. The farm is always spectacular with its variety of tulips.Always my pleasure to join your link up.