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The yellow tulips are my favourites. I would be unhappy if they would be left out from my series. I hope, you like this.
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The tulip has come to be a loved symbol of the Netherlands. Many tourists visit the country just to see the bright coloured flower and the astonishing view over the bulb fields. The season begins in March with crocuses, followed by the daffodil and the yellow narcissi. In April the hyacinths and tulips blosssom to some time in mid May, depending on the weather. Later, in August it is time for the gladioli. Even when spring is over, the Netherlands is still a garden, visitors can enjoy flowers in the Netherlands all year round.

From April to September fantastic flower parades are held throughout the country. The Bollenstreek Flower Parade is the biggest parade and is held at the end of April every year. The origin of the parade dates 50 years back in time when initiators of various small parades in the villages of the Bollenstreek decided to go together and organize one big parade.

Keukenhof, the world’s largest flower garden (32 hectares) is located between the two towns of Hillegom and Lisse south of Haarlem. The park attracts 800.000 people during the open hours of eight weeks each year and it is one of the most photographed sights in the world. For the season of 2003, 7 million bulbs have been planted making the flower season someting very special to look forward to.

In history, the Dutch will be remembered for their passion for tulips. First introduced to Holland in 1593, the tulip has become a symbol for the country. Ask anyone, anywhere to name things that are "definitely Dutch" and the answer is going to include tulips, windmills and wooden shoes, usually in that order.
Since the 1600s, tulip growing has been a major crop for this flat low country situated just off the North Sea in Northern Europe. Today nearly half of Holland's 47,150 acres of flower bulb farms are planted with tulip bulbs (23,412 acres). Other bulbs ranking highest in acreage (but far below the tulip) are lilies, gladioli, narcissi and hyacinth (in that order).
Every year about three billion tulip bulbs are produced in Holland Of these, approximately two billion are exported and one billion remain in the Netherlands. The vast majority of them are used for "forcing" of cut flowers and potted plants.
The United States is the top importer of tulip bulbs, followed closely by Japan and Germany. Nearly one billion bulbs go to the USA — most to home gardeners — and once again, tulips take up the greatest share. (Source: bulb.com & Holland.nl)

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With my kind friend's help - Mesut Ilgim (mesutilgim) - You may find out further informations about the tulips,
here: http://www.floridata.com/tracks/misc/Tulips.cfm

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