You've probably never thought about how that bouquet gets from the greenhouse to your vase. Maybe you thought a perfect seed is lovingly planted in rich soil, grows up towards the sunlight, and when it's on the verge of bloom, it's carefully picked and carted off to your neighbourhood florist. You would be wrong.
The day started off with sleet, then hail, then sunshine, then hail, then rain, then sunshine. The past two days have been the most "wintery" of the season here in the Netherlands, and yet today spring is already a twinkle in a Dutchman's eye. The third Saturday of the new year is National Tulip Day.
Bloemencorso only takes place here, but makes the news throughout the country, so we feel really special to have been able to witness it. We were, of course, tardy to the parade (has a Shuchuk ever been on time?) but we were amazed by the second half, and the hour's bike ride was well worth it. This year's theme was "200 Years Kingdom" and the parade included twenty floats decorated completely with flowers and bulbs, luxury cars, marching bands and other entertainment.