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Keukenhof Gardens, near Lisse, Netherlands, is open for only two months each year. In his guidebook, Holland at its Best, Robert S. Kane describes Keukenhof's pedigree: “As Dutch history goes, Keukenhof is young. Situated on the grounds of a long-razed castle, inhabited during the fifteenth century by a countess whose four husbands (one at a time) included a dauphin of France and a Duke of Gloucester, it was opened a few years after the end of World War II by a group of bulb-growers intent on exhibiting the splendor of Dutch flowers.”
It now draws an estimated 800,000 visitors a year to see a changing display of more than 7 million flowers--including some 1,000 varieties of tulips alone. Keukenhof's season runs from late March through mid-May. Daffodils, crocus, and narcissi are on display when the gardens open, with tulips making their appearance a few weeks later. Hyacinths kick in around mid-April and stay in bloom for several weeks. The best time to come is in the last half of April, when you're likely to catch everything blooming at once.

[Statistics and quotes are from Durant Imboden’s “Europe for Visitors” website.]

We were here in mid-April, but it was a very cold and late winter this year and I was afraid that the tulips would not be blooming yet. But we were in luck, and the gardens were spectacular!

For my first posting to TE, I chose a picture that gives me great joy to look at. I hope this brings some happiness to your day, as well.

Technical: I have just started to work with Photoshop Elements, and I have discovered the marvel of Unsharp Mask. But I am concerned that I may have over-sharpened this photo in my enthusiasm. Please let me know what you think.

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