Vivid streaks of colour in paddocks surrounding rural Tapanui in Southland caught my attention, I had never seen 26ha of tulips blooming all at once. These glorious blooms will soon disappear when the flowers are removed to enhance bulb growth. A former Dutch tulip grower is expected to harvest 9 million tulips this season. Most of the bulbs grown on New Zealand soil will be exported to the Netherlands and America. The bulbs are planted in nets in the ground in leased paddocks, once the bulbs are ready to harvest, the nets are and bulbs are lifted by machine, leaving most of the soil behind.
New Zealand October 2010.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 30th Oct. 2010