Saturday, April 21, 2012

Spring Begins Here

Every spring we see bulbs pop up everywhere. Many of these bulbs were planted years and years ago and they continue to multiply and grace our yards every March and April.  We all go to the garden store and buy Holland Bulbs.  Have you ever thought about where those bulbs come from?

They come from here:

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One required trip of every expat family in Europe is to visit Lisse, Holland in the spring to see the source of the Holland Bulbs gracing every yard back at home in the U.S..  Acres and acres of the most beautiful and latest incarnations of tulips, daffodils, and every other bulb you can imagine. 
We stayed right in Lisse and walked to the gardens.  Our hotel was very cozy and our room memorable. We climbed a carpeted stair so steep it resembled a ladder; our room had four narrow beds, a tiny lamp beside each, a sink in the corner, and a shared tiny bathroom outside in the hall.  We were up under the eaves and felt somewhat like the seven dwarfs.Larry had asked the Belgium office to make our reservations...after that he made them himself, in more American style accommodations.  But it was an experience we will never forget.

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