The vibrant blues, reds, pinks and yellows sprawl as far as the eye can see in Lisse, western Netherlands, where farmers hope to make huge profits selling them to florists and supermarkets around the world. Tens of thousands of tourists have flocked to catch a glimpse of these spectacular quilted farmlands in all their technicolor glory. Many flower-gazers are so excited by the views that they have parked caravans along the bulb fields in a bid to soak up every last hue.
The tulip season begins in March and lasts until August with several shows held across the country, but the flowers are undoubtedly at their most spectacular at this time of year. More than three billion tulips are grown each year and two-thirds of the vibrant blooms are exported, mostly to the U.S. and Germany.