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DUTCH BULBS AND GARDENS

PAINTED BY
MIMA NIXON

DESCRIBED BY
UNA SILBERRAD AND SOPHIE LYALL

LONDON
ADAM AND CHARLES BLACK
1909

 

TO
MY DEAREST FRIEND
GERTRUDE CROFTON
IN MEMORY OF HAPPY DAYS SPENT IN HOLLAND
WHICH WE SAW TOGETHER FOR
THE FIRST TIME
MIMA NIXON.

PREFACE

Miss NIXON wishes me to present her humble duty and thanks to Her Majesty, the Queen of the Netherlands, for graciously honouring her with the permission to make drawings of Her Majesty's Summer Palace and Gardens at Het Loo.

Miss Nixon also wishes me to thank His Excellency Baron Sistema van Grövestins for his kindness in procuring for her tile privilege of access to the Royal Gardens at Her Loo, and to thank the Rt. Hon. Sir Horace Rumbold, Bart., P.C., G.C.B., G.C.M.G., for his kind help.

Her thanks are also due to Mr. W. H. Wind, Her Majesty's Head Gardener at Her Loo; to Miss van der Laan, Bennebroek; and to Messrs. Tubergen, Kersten, Krelager, Roozen, and the other growers at Haarlem.

I wish to thank Mr. Thomas Hoog of Haarlem, who helped me in the compiling of the following pages by supplying much valuable information, which I trust I have not too greatly mishandled.

UNA L. SILBERRAD.
March 1, 1909.

CONTENTS
BY UNA L. SILBERRAD



APPENDICES
BY SOPHIE LYALL

I
HYACINTH CULTURE AT HAARLEM IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY.

II
THE TULIP TRADE, FROM DE KONING'S "HISTORY OF HAARLEM" (1635)

III
THE HYACINTH TRADE, FROM DE KONING'S "TAFEREEL DER STAD HAARLEM" (1808)

INDEX.


LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

1. Het Loo
2. The "Berceau," Her Loo.
3. Palace Gardens, Het Loo.
4. Azaleas, Het Loo.
5. The Return of the Storks.
6. The Promise of Spring.
7. A Crocus Field.
8. Hyacinths scattered on the Sand.
9. "In emerald tufts, flowers purple, blue, and white,
       like sapphire, pearl, and rich embroidery".
10. Spanish Irises.
11. A Bulb Farm near Overveen
12. "They spring, they bud, they blossome fresh and faire,
       and decke the world with their rich pompous showes"
13. Bulb Time, Haarlem
14. Tulips in their Prime.
15. "Here are tulips for you--white, for the bridal or the burial"
16. "Whose leaves with their crimson glow Hide the heart that
       lies burning and black below"
17. Darwin Tulips.
18. A Bulb House.
19. Flower-Market, Haarlem.
20. Hyacinth Flowers going to Market.
21. A Bulb-Grower's Garden.
22. "When Spring unlocks the flowers to paint the laughing soil"
23. A Boatload of Fragrance.
24. A Dutch Garden in Spring.

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