You might remember my mentioning that tulips don’t thrive in our neighborhood because hungry deer devour the blossoms as soon as they appear—if they didn’t eat the buds already. The tulips planted in this post, tempting to deer as they might be at first glance, will resist any attempt at snipping off.
During a recent visit to Colorado Springs’ Boonzaaijer’s Dutch Bakery to buy a treat for a special occasion, I was reminded of the fact that I had taken photos of the beautiful mural that graces the outside of the bakery last year with the intent to show them here. It didn’t take me long to find them in my archives. Even though the light on the day I snapped them wasn’t the brightest, the parking spaces were slick with ice, and small icicles lined the gutters, it was nonetheless a good day for a photo session as the mural wasn’t photobombed by cars pulling in the designated parking spaces next to the building, a situation seldom encountered during regular business hours.
Nothing says Holland more than windmills and tulips. Many of us envision endless expanses with assorted varieties of these iconic and enchanting flowers. As I learned not long ago from reading Michael Pollan’s The Botany of Desire, the Netherlands in the 17th century were ruled by a period entitled “tulipomania,” when the evanescent, ephemeral beauty of plants held a powerful sway over the wealthy country. Tulip bulbs were traded for mind-boggling sums and individuals risked their life savings to purchase the most beautiful and rare specimens. Not surprisingly, this tenuous scheme was not sustainable and tumbled by the wayside like petals swept away by spring storms. Economists sometimes refer to this experience as the first speculative bubble controlling a market. Even though the bubble burst after only 3 to 4 years, our fascination with and admiration for tulips continues unabated.
And just to give you an appetite-whetting glimpse of one of many delectable edibles that can be found at this popular bakery, here is a likeness of the special treat I acquired (before it went the way of all delectable edibles 😊).