Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Tulips and "The Wall" - Tulpen en De Muur

First: The "precious" tulips (tulpen).

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From our garden, the tulips pictured are: "Duc van Tol" orange - c. 1700 , "Gele Prins" ( yellow prince) - c. 1780, "Duc van Tol" violet - c. 1700
We wrote about planting them last December, in this post: "Garden Work - Tuinwerk"
After having some fear that they might get snowed on last month, we brought them inside for a few days (uhmm, actually we didn't bring them inside, "our humans" did ... we just supervised).

This is a picture of Finn surveying "his"tulips.

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We are pleased to report that, after moving them back outside, they are all doing beautifully in our back garden! So here are some pictures for you.

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These are the oldest tulips in our garden, "Duc van Tol" red-yellow, from the year 1595. The purple flowers are giant Grape Hyacinths/ Muscari (not heirlooms).

In this photo, you can see how the"Duc van Tol" from the late 16th century have that familiar "tulip shape" that appears so often on Delft tiles, or in a child's drawing. They are also very short tulips, as was the fashion in gardens of the late 1500's.

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Here is a photo of all 3 pots containing the different heirloom tulip bulbs from the 16th, 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. These bulbs are either no longer in commercial production throughout the world, or they are in very, very rare supply. We feel lucky to have them and we think they are really pretty! (erg mooi) .

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We'll post some more photos when the next layer of bulbs pops up in a couple of weeks, which should be the bulbs from the early 20th century (more showy and some are supposed to be ruffled). Although, all of the bulbs seem to be coming up very fast now!

Next: "The Wall" (De Muur) ... as in, The Berlin Wall.

© 2007, J. Nijholt-Strong
How did their names get on that wall? The things they do!*shaking our heads*
(Yes we know, this is a pic of the old wall, it isn't like this anymore...)

What does "The Wall" have to do with tulips? Nothing, except that our humans are off to Berlin for a week and a half. So we won't be blogging until they come back.

We hope they remember to bring back some sausages for us! *grin*

Tot gauw! (see you later)
Finn & Sacha


Pink Granite said...

Thank you for the photos of the exquisitely beautiful tulips!

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Your welcome, Lee!
Just had to share some beauty. :-)

Judy, Finn & Sacha

MrsSnowy said...

These are absolutely beautiful! Please don't mistake them for Kitty Litter.

Finn & Sacha said...

Mrs.Snowy wrote: "Please don't mistake them for Kitty Litter."

Oh, no problem! We're Dutch "Katten", we don't do that! Besides, we'd have to be blind to mistake "tulpen" for "kattenbakkorrels". Anyway, we don't use our garden for relieving ourselves, we reserve that for the neighbour's garden!

We enjoy our flowers and we're happy you do too.

*BIG CAT GRINS* hee hee

Finn & Sacha

Charne said...

So glad the tulips survived!!!
and they are BEAUTIFUL!!!


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