Last week I visited the bloemenmarkt, a famous flower market in Amsterdam with its stalls floating on the Singel canal. I was a bit surprised, because I was expecting to see actual flowers for sale (like the Columbia Road flower market in London), but actually it is mostly the flower bulbs that are sold.
Holland has a huge flower industry and is the centre of the European floral market. As a result, flowers here are delightfully cheap!
In particular, the Dutch are known for tulips and supply most of the bulbs planted in Europe and North America. You also see a lot of other bulbed flowers, such as daffodils, hyacinths, and crocuses.
Aalsmeer, in North Holland not far from Amsterdam and Schiphol Airport, has the largest flower auction in the world, called the bloemenveiling.