We had a lot of flower questions last week so an early flower update for everybody who is traveling in 2013 to see the flower fields and Keukenhof.
We are still having wintertime in the Netherlands. This morning there was a new fresh (small) layer of snow on the ground and the weather forecast says it will stay freezing cold for at least another week. (Until 16th of March 2013)
Hmm, how will this affect the spring flowers?
For the spring flowers it is still wintertime! The soon to be flower fields are having a big winter sleep. The early spring flowers like crocus and daffodils are showing a bit of green. The mid spring flowers like tulips and hyacinths are hiding in the fields and not showing any green yet.
But when will the spring flowers start blooming outside on the fields?
We don’t know yet :-) Spring flowers need a couple of things to grow and start blooming. Warm weather, some rain and some sunshine.
Based on the experience of the last couple of years you can use this timetable for outside spring flowers (on the fields)
Late March – beginning of April – crocus and daffodils
Beginning to end of April – hyacinths
2nd half of April - beginning of May – normal tulips (and will be cut on the field during first week of May) (early tulips earlier, late tulips a bit later)
Keep in mind when we have a warm winter this can change to earlier and with a cold winter later. And also extreme warm week can cause the flower to grow faster.
What about the Keukenhof? Will I see flowers there?
The Keukenhof is open during the spring season from the end of March to half May. There are some wonderful indoor and outdoor exhibitions. The indoor exhibitions are showing flowers a bit sooner than in the park and on the fields outside. It is possible to see indoor tulips at the Keukenhof at the end of March. I love the early tulip exhibition during the first weeks. Even it means that outside in the Keukenhof there are lots of greens and not that many flowers yet.
During April the Keukenhof will become more and more colorful outside and that continues into May. And if it is a warm spring time please don't wait until the last days of Keukenhof to visit.
Best time to visit the fields and the Keukenhof?
This may be a bit difficult to decide... would you like to see the tulips in the flower fields or see the Keukenhof in full bloom ? Especially with the cutting of the tulips (on the fields and not inside Keukenhof!) around the 30th of April/first week of May can cause a bit stress. :-) Last two weeks of april and first week of May are generally speaking the best time to see both.
Will this flower be blooming at date X?
Lots of people are asking will this spring flower be blooming at the fields when I am there at date X. We don’t know exactly! It is a product by nature. If you use the table above you will be more likely to see your favorite spring flower. If you choose to travel at another date as mentioned above you might be lucky or not so lucky.
And for people traveling at the very end of May, during summer, autumn or wintertime there are no spring flowers on the fields during this time. There could be some other flowers but no tulips, daffodils and hyacinths.
How do I know when my favorite flower is blooming?
Just like last year there will be a weekly flower update from the opening of the Keukenhof. With a week in advance we can predict pretty sure what will show outside on the fields.
Search for flower update in the search box to see what you can expect.
Some photos of spring season 2012
Photos of CorTT https:/…
Photos of Nina flickr.com/photos/…
More information about Keukenhof, traveling to the Keukenhof/ flower fields and the flower parade see the Top question on the right or find it in the search box.
Next flower update will be in the weekend of 23 / 24 march 2013.