Flowers in Bloem

Utrecht Bloemenmarkt
The gorgeous weather of this weekend has been replaced by rain today, so I didn’t get to work planting the bloemen (flowers) I bought Saturday at the bloemenmarkt (flower market). The Utrecht bloemenmarkt is held every Saturday at Janskerkhof, from 8 in the morning until 5 in the afternoon. There’s a wide variety of plants on offer, including seeds, herbs, potted trees, cut flowers, hanging plants and trays of potted plants you can then plant in your own garden. It’s fun just to wander through the whole market, admiring the pretty colors and arrangements.
Potted Plants

Row Upon Row

Bloomin' Bloemen

Kramen

There were some beautiful lupins, one of the few plants I tend to recognize, and that’s because of a Monty Python sketch.
More Lupins

Lupins

There were also two separate accordion players there, playing what seems to be the only two songs that are allowed to be played on the accordion.
Accordion

As with just about any flowers here in the Netherlands, the prices are amazingly cheap. As I mentioned the other day, I got 18 little pots of flowers for €10, and you can easily get cut flowers for ridiculously low prices. The more common the flowers — tulips, roses, gerbera daisies — the less they cost. It’s not unheard of to get 20 or more flowers for around €5-8.
Pink

Mooie kleuren
If you’re in Utrecht some Saturday, stop by the bloemenmarkt. It’s a beautiful display in a beautiful setting.
Janskerkhof

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7 thoughts on “Flowers in Bloem

  1. Lovely!! Such a great display – beautiful colours! Don’t you want to buy all of them? :D I spotted peonies, I think, in one of the photos – I love them!

    • I had to look up peonies (I know the name, but didn’t know what they looked like). So pretty! Yes, I’m sure there were some of those, as well. It’s almost overwhelming with all the choices. They even have lemon trees, which always tempt me.

    • Even cut flowers at the grocery store are very inexpensive here. It’s easy enough to always have some pretty flowers around the house or in the garden.

    • My mum was thrilled when she saw it last year and got to wander around, picking out plants that would grow with my tiny garden’s limitations. And the Utrecht flower market is nicer than Amsterdam’s? Yay! ;)

  2. In the weekend of Pinksteren, Haarlem has an overnight flowermarket, the Luilakmarkt.

    The Amsterdam flowermarket is aimed almost entirely towards tourists and is open pretty much all year round. Any other flowermarket is just like yours, part of a regular market for the locals.

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