Tulips in Texas? Yes! Lots of them thanks to a family that uprooted from their home in Holland to create a new life here in America. Warning: Picture-palooza ahead! There was so much blooming beauty that my husband and I clicked away on our March 22nd visit.I am always thrilled to learn about business ventures by individuals or families. Putting your hands, heart and head to work and creating a service or product that can be sold for profit in order to keep a roof over your head and food on the table is simply a part of life. Growing rows of colorful tulips seems an especially nice way of trying to earn your keep! That is what the Koemans, a Dutch family from Holland, have done near Pilot Point, Texas. Here are two articles and a local news segment that nicely sum up the story behind Texas-Tulips and the Koeman family: 380 Guide Magazine, My Informs~Tip Toe in the Texas Tulips and CBS Dallas featureOnce I learned that tulip bulbs had been planted in December I began watching for growth in February. This farm is located relatively close to our home so driving by for a little peek-a-loo was easy to do. When March arrived the blooming colors started popping up and continue to date.My husband and I decided to check out the farm on Sunday, March 22nd. We knew the ground would be very wet and muddy after what seemed like weeks of grey days and lots of rain so we tossed our wellie boots in the back of the car. So glad we did! The tulips were gorgeous but seemingly trapped in beds of mud. That didn’t stop us. We sloshed in between rows of beauty and I plucked up six tulips to take home with us. I went back a week later and discovered the ground to be firm and dry and the tulips doing what nature intends. Sunshine, wind, a passing rain shower or two and time were bringing the tulips to their knees. It is simply the way of all living things. Oh, there are still plenty of tulips worthy of picking and taking back to your favorite vase (I bought another six) but it was a reminder that the Texas-Tulips farm is (naturally) on show for a limited time. So get there soon! Of course, we sure hope that this dear family is willing to get lots of rest, plan and do it all over again next year.
Admission to Texas-Tulips farm is free
Pick-your-own tulips ~ $2.50 per stem
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