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Monday, 29 May 2017

Tulips and topping

The colour in the opposite field caught the eye immediately. 


 


My husband and I had never seen anything like it and after we explored part of the Appalachian Trail at Dromore, Prince Edward Island, we checked out the colour source. Tulips!


 


The farm grows tulips, rows of glorious colour, yellows, pinks, reds, purples, 


 


yellow-reds


 


interspersed with white. We were welcome to photograph them in all their glory and we did.


 


The aim is to harvest the bulbs for market later this year. Some bulbs are used for planting again later this fall to ensure next year's supply. 


 



While we watched, the farmer was topping the tulips, cutting off the flower to leave the green stem and leaves. This process allows the bulbs to strengthen before they are harvested for the market in the fall.


 


The flies were plentiful and biting that day so the farmer was in a fly/mosquito head net. It must have been hot in there.


 


We were sad to see those beautiful blooms cut and left in the hay between the beds but such is the nature of tulip farming. We were fortunate to see the field before topping was complete.

 




38 comments:

  1. What a nice discovery for you.

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  2. What a glorious sight that must have been. My grandmother loved red tulips.

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    1. Your gran would have loved this spot, Mildred.

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  3. We have a tulip festival here every April. They are long gone but I too felt the same way seeing the tulips being topped at the end of the season. Your tulip fields are lovely. :-)

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    1. I remember reading about your trip to the tulips, Jan. I didn't realize we had such a field here.

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  4. Oh la! I love to have a bunch of tulips in a vase but to see them en masse like this is stunning Marie, the intense colours glorious!

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    1. It was a glorious sea od colour, PDP.

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  5. Wow,so many colorful tulips! Your tulip field is delightful.

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    1. It is a place we will visit again, Tomoko.

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  6. We had a local farm that grew bulbs for market. They sold off everything but an acre around the house, and the field was filled every year with daffodils, free for the picking. Now that is for sale, too.

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    1. It is sad to see such a place disappear, Joanne. A little burst of beauty in a sometimes gray world.

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  7. Aren't they glorious? Rainbows at ground level.

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    1. Love that description, EC. Ground rainbows!

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  8. Beauty for the eyes. Such intense colours.

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    1. The intensity of the colours was part of the fascination for us too, Bill.

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  9. Beautiful...and pretty amazing ! I didn't know they topped off the heads! Andrea

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    1. It was a surprise for us to see the topping as well, Andrea.

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  10. Absolutely beautiful! I love them. When I was but a wee lad I lived in Hampshire and because of the mild weather there there were fields full of them. Now I live in the cold Midlands I have a job to get tulips to grow in my garden. It might be the soil, it's very chalky.

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    1. Such a great memory of your childhood, Keith. The soil here does a great job with tulips by the look of it.

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  11. a part of the process we/i don't think about!! how amazing to find these, sad that they are not in a public garden somewhere, they are gorgeous!!!

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  12. They are an important part of the economy here, Debbie.

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  13. What an amazing sight, swaths of bright colours - only to have their heads lopped off. I do understand the concept behind this, just as one should cut flowers off a new plant in the ground to send energy to the roots - I rarely do. ;-)

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  14. It is hard to cut off those blooms, Judith. Essential in the tulip business.

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  15. Pretty good. I've never seen any kind of flower farm. The farms around here grow corn and soybeans.

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  16. It was a first for me too, Ratty.

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  17. Wow, are you sure you didn't take a quick trip to The Netherlands? :)

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  18. Those colours are stunning! Sarah x

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  19. Amazing colours! Like the ones we saw out west. But the Appalachian Trail in Dromore?

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    1. Unbelievably, there is part of the Appalachian Trail in PEI.

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