Tiptoe through the Tulips


I complained early this year, often, about how long it was taking for Spring to come to Iowa…the numerous snowfalls and below normal temps were a definite thorn in my side. But last weekend I finally felt that Spring really, truly, was here to stay! (At least until I start grumbling about the heat and humidity of Summer…) Every May, Pella, a town about 30 miles East of Des Moines, and rich in Dutch heritage, hosts the Tulip Time Festival. It’s a three day event celebrating their heritage, and showcasing the local businesses and people. I’ve only been a few times, but enjoy the experience immensly each time!

There is a parade with very impressive floats (love that Candyland float, above!)…

Traditional Dutch tradespeople…complete with klompen (the shoes!)…

Street cleaners…

Fabulous costumes…

The local Guild Quilt Show was also taking place…

And the flowers. Oh, the flowers…

Most were at their peak…the day was lovely, sunny and mild…

Hundreds of thousands of bulbs are imported from Holland…one variety more lovely than the next…

These “swan feather” bulbs were a new variety to me…

The coral color was probably my favorite…

and these two little “buds” are my sister’s babies…they make the tulips look even better, if that is possible!

I hope you enjoyed this walk through the tulips…sewing updates to come soon! Happy Spring!

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5 thoughts on “Tiptoe through the Tulips

  1. Needled Mom, I believe there was a float from the Pella Window Corporation, and they are, of course, one of the Major supporters of the event!

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