From 4pm Friday to 11am Saturday is the Haarlem Luilak Bloemenmarkt. Yes, this is an all-night flower market. It’s been going on in Haarlem since 1890, every year, the Friday night before Pinksteren (Pentacost). I had no idea this market existed until my in-laws said they wanted to go. How did I miss the best flower and live plant market in the country?
The Singel is closed off on both sides of the canal and is filled with tables and stalls selling all kinds of flowering plants, shrubs and small trees. My father-in-law was in search of some particular plants, but didn’t find what he was looking for. He wanted to replace a small tree that was killed in the Big Freeze of February 2012. I think the plant farmers are having a good Spring this year because so many plants were killed in the very cold weather this last winter.
We lost our faithful fig tree.
I bought this tree about 7 years ago. He lived in a pot on the roof terrace in Amsterdam. When we moved to Haarlem we planted him in the ground and he lived happily, giving us loads of figs, for years. This last winter the cold got him and he’s slowly dying. I haven’t entirely given up on him. I’ll give him until the end of the summer to show any signs of life.
At the market we came upon one seller who had small fig trees. They were all beautiful and healthy. My in-laws insisted they buy one for us. So sweet. Here it is.
My in-laws ended up buying 7 shopping bags full of flowering plants. We hauled everything to the car, then sat outside in our back garden for a while. That was at 10:30pm. Still warm enough to sit outside and just dark. When the weather is good, it’s an even better place to live.
Oh yes. The other day this cloud was passing overhead. I immediately thought to myself what it looked like to me. What does it look like to you?