The 174th Wakefield and North of England Tulip Show shut up shop early on Saturday as the show’s exhibits, proudly shown in beer bottles, were loaded into crates and taken across the North Sea to Holland.
There’s a bit of history between the Dutch and English over tulips. Ours have a virus which makes the colours spread out like feathers. The Dutch want none of it – and so it’s been for more than a century.
But there’s a truce this week, with the Keukenhof, the largest flower sculpture in the world, just outside Amsterdam, celebrating its 60th birthday. The English Florist Tulips are guests of honour… providing they don’t spread their virus!