THESE ARE COMMON, SUPPOSEDLY ORDINARY GARDEN FLOWERS FOUND BY THE MILLIONS ALL OVER HOLLAND BUT OF COURSE TO VISITORS LIKE ME FROM ASIA, THEY SEEM SO RARE, EXOTIC, EXPENSIVE AND EXCLUSIVE!
I am staying at attorney Michael Mantz's house in The Hague which is strictly residential and every house has a garden front and back. While I cannot see what lurks behind the grand houses, I can certainly see what is blooming in their front gardens!
Holland is famous for its tulips which was introduced into Holland from Turkey in the 15th century and sparked the notorious Tulip Crash a century later when noblemen, aristocrats. merchants and housewives were caught in the tulip bubble which created such a frenzy a similar incident can be compared centuries later in the Wall Street crash of 1929!
Today, Holland, despite its small size, is a major flower exporter and their orchids and bunga raya are bigger, flashier and more beautiful than the original species in tropical Malaysia! Even their monkey pot pitcher plants are more luxuriant and cheaper than those in Cameron Highlands! The moth orchids in Holland sell for 6 euros which is RM 28 while in Malaysia it costs double and at Bangsar it retails for RM 90!
Not surprisingly then, most Dutch have green fingers as proven by their gardens!
MICHAEL MANTZ'S HOUSE IN THE HAGUE
A HYBRID OF HYDRANGEA WHICH I HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE BUT THEY ARE COMMON IN HOLLAND!
YOU CAN HARDLY SEE THE HOUSE FOR THE FLOWERS!
ALMOST ALL GARDENS IN HOLLAND ARE BLANKETED WITH FLOWERING PLANTS AND ON WINDOW SILLS TOO
LOVE THIS UNUSUAL LOOKING FLORAL CLUSTER
LADEN WITH PETALS AND SO LUSH AND PLUSH
THIS IS ONE STALK OF FLOWERS AND NOT 2 SPECIES
FLOWERS SO HEAVY THEY HANG DOWN
INSTANT BRIDE'S BOUQUET!
1 STALK BUT APPEARS TO BE COMPOSED OF 2 DIFFERENT TYPES OF FLOWERS
THE LITTLE MINI FLOWERS ARE ALL CONNECTED TO EACH OTHER ON ONE STEM! AMAZING!
PERFECT FOR BRIDAL SHOWER!
WHITE, PURE AND DENSELY PACKED WITH MINIATURE FLOWERS
GOD ALMIGHTY THE FLOWERS ARE SO HEAVY. DENSE AND CONCENTRATED THEY ARE FALLING ONTO THE GROUND!
I CANNOT SEE THE LEAVES OR STALKS FOR THE FLOWERS!
SMALL BUT DAINTY
LOVE THE WAY THE BIGGER FLOWERS SEEM TO PROTECT THE SMALLER ONES IN CENTRE!
NICE COLOR COMBO
MAJESTIC. THIS RED FLOWER IS SO LOVELY AND PERFECT IT LOOKS FAKE!
COLORFUL OR WHAT
WHITE AND RED---VIRGIN AND EX-VIRGIN!
LOOKS LIKE LAVENDER BUT IS NOT
LOOKS EVEN MORE INCREDIBLE UP CLOSE
LOOK LIKE BLACK PEA PODS
1 STALK ONLY! BUT CONTAINS SEVERAL ROSES IN CLOSE PROXIMITY!
REMINDS ME OF VINCENT VAN GOGH'S IRISES PAINTING
UNUSUAL WHITE HYDRANGEAS WITH PALE PINK BLUSH!
LOOKS LIKE CANDY
FRIENDLY GARDENER AND HOUSE OWNER LEIKA CAME OUT TO SAY HELLO TO ME WHEN SHE SAW ME TAKING PHOTOS OF HER BEGONIAS
THIS IS SUCH AN UNUSUALLY SHAPED TREE
LOOK AT THIS PARTICULAR BRANCH---CAN BUILD TREE HOUSE
UNIQUE THE WAY IT ARCHES
WONDER IF THEY CAN GROW IN MALAYSIA!
SINGLE RED ROSE GROWING ON ITS OWN
DRIVEWAY LINED WITH COLORFUL HYDRANGEAS
LOVE THIS HOUSE'S ARCHITECTURE
PERUVIAN MONKEY PAW'S TREE
DON'T REALLY RESEMBLE MONKEY'S PAWS THOUGH...