Norfolk tulip fields ablaze with colour

Workers in the tulip fields near King's Lynn Picture: Chris Bishop

Workers in the tulip fields near King's Lynn Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

You know that spring is well and truly here when Norfolk's tulip fields burst into bloom.

Blooms stretch into the distance across the fields Picture: Chris Bishop

Blooms stretch into the distance across the fields Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

Acres and acres are now ablaze with red, yellow and purple, with flowers stretching almost as far as the eye can see in ruler-straight rows.

But the colourful crop nodding in the breeze is not being grown to adorn vases and table settings.

A sign warns against drone flying Picture: Chris Bishop

A sign warns against drone flying Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

Instead, the bulk will be composted, with the bulbs saved to be supplied to major supermarkets and garden centres, for gardeners to plant out in the autumn.

Terrington St Clement-based Belmost Nurseries is the nation's biggest tulip grower.

Bright purple blooms in ruler-straight rows Picture: Chris Bishop

Bright purple blooms in ruler-straight rows Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant


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It also raises daffodils, peonies, sweet williams and gladioli on more than 500 acres of land around King's Lynn.

With some of the rows still yet to come into flower the tulip fields look set to dazzle for a few more weeks.

Part of the field is a vivid red Picture: Chris Bishop

Part of the field is a vivid red Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

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Row upon row, in a cascade of colour Picture: Chris Bishop

Row upon row, in a cascade of colour Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

Workers in the distance across the fields Picture: Chris Bishop

Workers in the distance across the fields Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

The tulip fields, near King's Lynn, as the flowers come into bloom Picture: Chris Bishop

The tulip fields, near King's Lynn, as the flowers come into bloom Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

The tulips are being grown for their bulbs, which will be supplied to supermarkets Picture: Chris B

The tulips are being grown for their bulbs, which will be supplied to supermarkets Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

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