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The Tulip Festival in Silvan

Updated on September 18, 2014
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Bronwen has lived in, taught in and visited a number of countries and loves to share these travel experiences with others.

Fields Bright with Tulips
Fields Bright with Tulips | Source

The Beauty of Tulips

It's Spring in the Dandenong Ranges, just east of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia, and the tulips are blooming in all their glory.

That's especially true at the Tulip Festival in Silvan. It's a place with lovely rich chocolate soil that's popular with flower and bulb growers and market gardeners. I used to know it well as I taught at the little three-teacher school some decades ago. Happily, the area has not changed too much and it retains it's beauty with its rolling hills, lovely vistas and friendly people.

Now it's the Tulip Festival all long the Monbulk Road, but especially at Tesselaars, Dutch bulb and flower growers who settled in the area a couple of generations ago. This year the Festival runs from September 11th to October 7th, but it's around the same time each year and is certainly worth a visit.

Silvan, in the Heart of the Dandenongs

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Beautiful in the spring, or anytime, Silvan is in the Dandenong Ranges and less than an hour's drive from Melbourne.

Bi-coloured Tulips in Chocolate Soil
Bi-coloured Tulips in Chocolate Soil | Source

Where Did the Word 'Tulip' Originate?

All through the grounds there are signs that give useful information for those who are interested in tulips. One of these boards tells us that long ago a visitor in Turkey saw a man wearing an unusual flower tucked into his turban. He pointed to the flower and asked its name. However, the Turkish man misunderstood and thought he was being asked the word for 'turban.' That, we are told, was the origin of the name of this lovely flower.

Tulips originated in the Middle East and were taken to Europe in the 1500s and there are many varieties, from ones that bloom early or late in the season to tall and dwarf varieties, ones of many different colours and those that are variegated.

Part of the Hand-planted Area
Part of the Hand-planted Area | Source

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Tesselaar's Hand-planted Tulips

The long rows of tulips that are grown to produce flowers for the market are not planted by hand, but up near the road there are many that are. Many of the flowers here are special and it is a joy to walk among them.

The hand-planted tulips are named, but I'm not telling you their names, as I've already forgotten most - you'll just have to come and see them for yourself! But take my word for it, they really are beautiful - on the outside and they have lovely patterns inside when they open, too.

Actually all those long rows in the fields are named, too, although a couple of rows at the end say, 'Mixed bulbs' and the flowers in those rows are quite a variety of colours.

Rhododendron Near the Food Area
Rhododendron Near the Food Area | Source
Another Corner of Hand-planted Tulips
Another Corner of Hand-planted Tulips | Source

Stalls at the Festival

There are many stalls at the Tulip Festival at Tesselaars.

Garden Stalls: There are places selling a variety of bulbs, flowers (I saw some lovely daffodils with pink 'cups' in one stall), and many different items that would be useful for both adults and young gardening enthusiasts. I even bought a pottery 'worm' with a funny face - stuck in a pot it will tell me whether the soil is damp or needs watering!

Garden Decorations: There are stalls selling plastic and wooden windmills for decoration and for keeping off marauding birds.

Clothing Stalls: These sell a variety of wear - imaginative for children, practical for adults.

The Clog Shop: This was a permanent shop and had a great range of wooden clogs in different sizes and colours.

Food Stalls: There were many: some simply sold coffee or ice cream, while others sold Dutch fish bites, poffertjes, and many other Netherlander delicacies. Yet others had big marquees where there were tables and seating and full meals could be enjoyed under shelter.

We had brought a picnic and only needed the addition of hot drinks, so we had a lovely time near a massive rhododendron - tree, that is all it could be called, it was so huge. Dropped flowers carpeted the ground below it.

Some of the Wide Variety of Tulips
Some of the Wide Variety of Tulips | Source

The Colours of Tulips

At the Festival we saw tulips of many different colours, including the black tulip, made famous in the story by Alexander Dumas, which we had to read when studying French at school, years ago.

The tulip itself is a symbol of perfect love, but the colours of tulips have meanings, as do many other flowers, too. For example, the orange ones signify happiness and warmth, while red, of course, is for love. The white stand for purity, the purple for royalty, while if you are given variegated tulips it means that you have beautiful eyes.

Other Delights at Tesselaars

As we walked around, there were many delights that attracted our attention These included:

  • The Fairy Hollow hidden under tall trees, with toadstools, fairies and a bridge to cross.
  • The Sculpture Exhibits, mostly down in the long fields of tulips.
  • The Holland Stage where we watched a demonstration of dancing that is popular in Amsterdam.
  • The Barrel-organ: Further on there was a mechanical barrel-organ that was a delight for children and adults alike with so many instruments working away and producing well-known tunes - all conducted by a figure in the centre that rhythmically waved a baton.
  • The Dutch Games area was fun and there were explanations about how to play them.

Finally, we visited the Habitat @ Tesselaars Plant and Bulb sales, to stock up for ourselves and friends, before taking a last look at those colourful fields that stretched so far.

Final Farewell
Final Farewell | Source

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      lady rain 2 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for sharing the pictures. The tulips are so beautiful. I wonder how they can survive so many weeks in the open fields because all my tulips just got eaten up by the cockatoos last week!!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      lady rain: They are beautiful and it's lovely to share the photos. That's a good question, because there are quite a few cockatoos up there and after all it's not far from Cockatoo, either!

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Tulips are so beautiful. sometimes I buy a pot or a bouquet because they are just too beautiful to resist.

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      Lori Colbo 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Great hub. I love tulips. Here in the Pacific Northwest we have fields stretching for miles and miles in an area known as Skagit Valley. Stunning are the colors. Thanks for taking us on this tour.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      CatherineGiordano: They are beautiful - and somehow regal looking, too, the way they stand to straight. Thank you for your comment.

      lambservant: I love your description of the tulip fields near you - perhaps you could do a hub about them and then we could see them, too. Glad you enjoyed the tour.

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      Aldene Fredenburg 2 years ago from Southwestern New Hampshire

      A fascinating festival; a must-see for anyone heading that way. I've pinned it to my Gardening board!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love tulips. Mine are long-gone, fall is arriving here and the leaves on the trees are turning brown and falling. Thank's for taking me on your tulip journey..Enjoyed...

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thanks for sharing this event with us who could live it through your hubs.. bless you :)

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      Joanna McKenna 2 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Wow... I had no idea tulips are so popular Down Under! But then I'm still amazed that lavender is grown as a cash crop in Oklahoma USA, so what do I know! At least, thanks to you, I now know the origin of "tulip".

      Your photos are stunning! Thank you for including one of that fabulous rhododendron tree! What a marvelous backdrop for your picnic!

      Upped and shared! ;D

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Gorgeous. Thanks for sharing such stunning, colorful photos and information. I wish I could see it for myself.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      AMFredenburg: Yes, it was fascinating - I wish I had time to go back and see it again. Thank you for your comments.

      always exploring: Ah, but autumn has it's own beauty, too, doesn't it? So glad you enjoyed the journey.

      Frank Atanacio: It's lovely to be able to share, especially something like this. Bless you, too.

      JamaGenee: Tulips are certainly popular here - in fact, I have a suspicion that when it's autumn here and spring in the northern hemisphere that we import them. There are lavender farms here in Victoria, but I think the best ones are in Tasmania. Thank you for your comments on my photos. I thought my camera wasn't working properly, so I only took a few. Yes, that rhododendron tree reminded me of an even bigger one we saw at the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall. Thank you for the share.

      FlourishAnyway: So glad that you enjoyed it. Maybe one day you might make it over here. I rather think my travelling days are over, I'm growing older and it's not so enticing these days - also, I've spent most of my money!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      I remember how lovely the tulips were in northern Indiana. I used to have a beautiful tulip garden and a tree when I lived there years ago. THanks for the lovely tour.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for the beautiful tulip tour. In such a short time, I was refreshed.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      teaches12345: They are lovely and so colourful. Did you mean that you had a tulip tree? You don't see those so often, but I love them. There was one in our garden in our first home and there's a poem about one, too.

      MsDora: I'm so glad that you enjoyed it - it was refreshing for me to go there, too.

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      Joanna McKenna 2 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Aha! The rhododendron tree at the Lost Gardens of Heligan! The closest I've come to that horticultural treasure is two coffee table books full of photos, so that's probably why the tree at Silvan seemed familiar!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      JamaGenee: That one in the Lost Gardens of Heligan was enormous, unbelievable, the first time we saw it before much had been done to restore the gardens. It's beautiful, but has been confined a little now, which is best for the tree as it was so rambling. Sorry I've taken so long to reply, my computer is not notifying me of most messages and I need to look for them.

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      Joanna McKenna 2 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Not a problem, Bronwen! The lapse in replying gave me a chance to hunt up my Lost Gardens books and look for THE rhodo tree. Surprisingly, there are many rhodos , but many are bushes as big as trees, so I'm guessing the "enormous" tree you spoke of is the one at the entrance to the gardens, which in the photo in "Heligan: A Portrait of the Lost Gardens" was decidely leaning. But maybe not. At any rate, looking through the books again was an enjoyable armchair visit to a place we should all be glad wasn't allowed to be lost forever! ;D

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      Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant hub Blossom. I thoroughly enjoyed it and vote up for sure. Sending lots of love from Wales.

      Eddy.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, I truly love tulips! Thank you for taking us along with you to the Tulip Festival in Silvan, Blossom.

      I would be in heaven to be surrounded by all of the breathtaking beauty of the tulips. Your photos are always superb and take us right there with you to enjoy all.

      Voted up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      God bless.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      JamaGenee: I don't remember it being at the entrance, but it was enormous and branches trailed along the ground and then shot up again. I guess it was well pruned back to preserve it. Glad you had the opportunity to enjoy your book all over again.

      Eiddwen: Thank you so much Eddy, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Sending love back again. It will be so good if this computer ever gets fixed, it's so frustrating having to search for messages and I know lots aren't getting through.

      Faith Reaper: They are so lovely - one of God's beautiful creations. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and thank you for your comments.

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      Joanna McKenna 2 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      BlossomSB, if the branches were trailing on the ground, then it isn't the one near the entrance. Oh, well. ;D

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      JamaGenee: Well, in my memory it wasn't near the entrance, but memory can be a funny thing, so it could easily be the one you are thinking of. Anyway, it was beautiful and most impressive.

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      Joanna Chandler 2 years ago from On planet Earth

      WAW! I love flowers aren't they one of God's loveliest creations . Thanks for sharing with us Blossom, you always visit amazing places.

      How are you ?

      ~~Take care~~

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Thank you, Lady Fiddler. Flowers are one of God's loveliest creations and it's a joy to see them.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This is so beautiful--just heavenly!

      I love the tulips and its brilliant colors. I did not know about how it got its name. Thanks for sharing this beautiful and informative hub.

      Voted up!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      ChitrangadaSharan: I always find it interesting to know how things got their names, too. Thank you so much for your lovely comments.

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      Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

      So interesting and very beautiful Blossom.Thanks for sharing and wishing you a great new year ahead.

      Eddy.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It was a lovely day - and as, long, long ago, I taught at the little Silvan school, it was a special delight to be back in the area. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year, too.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Tulips are beautiful! The festival seems great with a many Tulip varieties and many stalls. Enjoyed reading and great photos.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Vellur: They are beautiful. Lovely to hear from you and thank you for your comments.

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      Joyfulcrown 2 years ago

      BlossomSB, I really enjoyed your article and learned a lot. The tulips are lovely. I would love to visit one day.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Joyfulcrown: They are lovely and so stately the way they stand straight and tall. I just love the annual festival. Thank you for your comments.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Tulips are lovely flowers.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      poetryman6969: They certainly are lovely, and they look quite regal, too.

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      Patricia Scott 23 months ago from sunny Florida

      Thank you for sharing this tulip wonderland with us. They have always been a fav of mine so I hope to get some planted so they can adorn my yard. I had tons of them but had to move ...so they are now adorning someone else's yard.

      Angels are headed your way this morning ps

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 23 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      pstraubie48: I'm so glad that you enjoyed it - thank you for bringing me back to see it again - it's winter here! Will you be able to grow them in Florida? I thought it might be too warm. Oh, I've just remembered that in some climates people dig the bulbs up and keep them in the fridge over summer. I do hope that you will be able to have them again in your new home. God bless!

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      Larry Rankin 23 months ago from Oklahoma

      Looks just beautiful.

      Great hub!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 23 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      Larry Rankin: Thank you. Years ago I lived near there and loved it in all seasons. Now I go back as a tourist - and still love it.

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      JR Krishna 20 months ago from India

      Tulips are very beautiful flowers.

      You have lovely photos

      Thanks for sharing

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      CrisSp 20 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Tulip- one of my favourite flowers. In fact, I just bought some bulbs yesterday and will be planting them today. Been to The Netherlands years ago to see rows of these beauties. They are amazing and so this hub.

      Thank you for the enjoyable tour.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 20 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      thumbi7: I'm glad you enjoyed it. It's spring here again now, so I should start thinking of visiting the Festival again.

      CrisSp: Oh, yes! They're certainly beautiful in The Netherlands. In our climate here we need to dig them up when they've dried off and keep the bulbs in the refrigerator for a few weeks before planting them out. I'm so glad that you enjoyed the tour.

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