Foto Vrijdag: Pretty in Purple

Last weekend while taking a walk along the Maliesingel, we got to the part where many of the houses have front gardens of one sort or another. This is rare here in the old city center, since most houses open straight onto the sidewalk. I was particularly taken by the abundance of flora in front of this house, particularly the the different shades of purple in the flowers and the leaves of the tree (which may look a bit more blue in this photo).

Here’s a close-up of the flowers. They remind me a bit of dogwood blossoms. Do any of my florally literate readers know the name of either the flowers or the purple-ish tree?
Purple Delight

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I took this photo last year at the Florahof over by the Domplein. The tulips are starting to show up more and more now as spring is making its arrival. The Keukenhof is now open and runs through May 16, so I’m definitely going this year while my parents are visiting. The theme for this year is From Russia With Love, with an emphasis of Russian-style gardens and such. The wife of Russia’s president was there with our Princess Maxima to open this year’s Keukenhof.

My pink tulips finally gave up the ghost this week, but I think I’ll go to the bloemenmarkt (flower market) tomorrow at Janskerkhof and get some new ones.

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This photo was taken last March. Right now it doesn’t feel like it will ever look like this again. This area is cold, grey and still covered with a bit of icy residue at the moment, but I saw a little flower bud trying to push through the ice this week. I’m hoping that a few more weeks will bring about a big change, although at this point, I’ll settle for a bit of sunshine! Bring on spring!