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One Yellow in a Sea of Purple

Tulip cultivation in the fields of north Norfolk.


Most of the tulip growers around Spalding have moved their operations to Holland and now grow daffodils earlier in the year. Last year I was only able to find one grower left in the and he grows specialist tulip varieties in smaller numbers under glass. However, somewhat by chance, whilst exploring some back roads on the way to Hunstanton last year, I did find a field of tulips near Swaffham which is a little reminiscent of the wide expanses of fields that could be found in New Holland a decade ago.


Although its somewhat counter-intuitive when faced with a field of flowers, the tulips are actually being grown for their bulbs - the flowers are a waste product. In fact the grower has a special mower on tall legs which can run along the rows cutting all the heads off. A beneficial side effect is that the petals will be used to decorate the floats in the Spalding Flower Festival this bank holiday weekend.



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Taken on April 19, 2009