Spring in Holland is marked by the swaying blooms of tulips that cover field after field.
Spring in Holland is marked by the swaying blooms of tulips that cover field after field. This year though the scene is much different. Snow is falling, a bitter wind howls through the green shoots and few of the fields have any 'sea of blossoms'.
Growers in Holland estimated that the season is six weeks behind in many instances. Travelling around the tulip fields one can see the reluctance of the plants to blossom. The Bismarck and Eden tulips are backward, the Rita-Hayworth shy and reserved, the Gold-Rush species is taking life very slowly whilst the Prince-Charles and Lustige Witwe peep tentatively at the sullen sky.
Nevertheless, tulip-growers are optimistic and expect a grand show in four or five weeks time, and then, amid the dazzling blooms, this exceptionally cold period will be forgotten.