Sunday, 30 April 2006

Tapis de Tulipes

Every year, the Brussels commune of Anderlecht has a "carpet of tulips" in Place de Linde: I had never been to see it before this year and was a bit disappointed, I was expecting something like the flower carpet we have in the Grand' Place every other year. The blue flowers aren't tulips anyway, but hyacinths - you could almost smell your way there from the metro station (St. Guidon)!

Living in the Low Countries (of course the Netherlands is the place to see the best displays, e.g. Keukenhof), tulips seem quite commonplace but in fact they are rather exotic, their name comes from the Persian for "turban" and they originally came to Europe from Turkey - although apparently the Turks call them lilies! I don't know any poems about tulips, unless you count this:
I threw my love a tulip,
She caught it in her teeth.
She threw me back my tulip,
I threw her back her teeth.

5 Comments:

At 30/4/06 03:07, Blogger Kelvin said...

Kia Ora (hello) from a blogger down under in New Zealand. I was surfing the blog world when your blog popped up, so I thought I would say hello. You have a really great blog with great photos. Can I mention your blog on my blog 21 21 21 Great Blogs To Read at sometime.

 
At 1/5/06 06:12, Blogger Kayla said...

Wow!
That is one gorgeous photo...
Like your poem, too. :)
I dropped by via Boo's blog.

 
At 1/5/06 09:26, Blogger boo said...

lol @ poem

 
At 4/5/06 10:54, Blogger miki said...

Wow,really it is a carpet of tulipes!

 
At 14/5/06 23:56, Blogger madcap machinist said...

that poem eerily reminds me of a dream I once had...

 

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