April 14, 2009

Tulip Time




Here are some aerial shots of Dutch tulip fields that I found at The Style Files.

In 1945 the Dutch Royal Family expressed their gratitude to Canada for sheltering Princess Juliana during World War II by sending 100,000 tulip bulbs to Ottawa.

During the Dutch Royal Family's time in Canada, Princess Juliana gave birth to Princess Margriet in an Ottawa Hospital. The hospital's maternity ward was officially declared to be part of international territory, at least temporarily, so that the baby would inherit only her mother's Dutch citizenship. In 1946, Princess Juliana sent another 20,500 bulbs requesting that a display be created for the hospital, and promised to send 10,000 more bulbs each year.

7 comments:

Dot-Com said...

Those pictures look amazing! I love tulips, it's a reminder of spring, and it's always lovely with the colours. There are plenty outside my home - pink, purple, yellow, white...

Poetikat said...

I didn't realize this was how they came to be over here. Interesting.

Kat

California Girl said...

OMG! So gorgeous!

My folks retired to the central coast of California and lived near the flower fields there which, surprisingly, were every bit as vibrant. I remember the awe I felt when I'd visit during the season.

This brings it all back.

corine said...

When I studied landscape design they called tulips 50-50. Meaning they mostly look good as long as you are 50 yards away going 50 miles per hour. I had never thought of them that way, but now it sticks.

Candie Bracci said...

wow this is amazing.So beautiful.

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

I'm sooo glad you posted these! I've seen them before but couldn't remember where. They are astounding!
Catherine

mum said...

I see where Mondrian got his inspiration.