Friday, October 10, 2014

Two Flowerbed Views

I haven't been out to photograph the flowerbeds down at Dow's Lake lately. I did mention during my posts on the Tulip Festival that once the tulips were done, flowers were planted in the beds in their place. Have a look at this bed of tulips from this year's festival, in a flowerbed at the north end of the lake.

This is the same flowerbed, taken last fall, with fall colours in bright red behind it. That difference in plants in the flowerbed is quite a contrast to the tulips, and it's typical of the various flowerbeds. Soon it'll be time for the tulip bulbs to be planted in these beds.


  1. Frost! Color! Action! Love it

    To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.
    Jane Austen

    ALOHA from Honolulu

  2. I see you out there have no lack of flowers.


  3. I like seeing photos of the same place at different times of the year. This place seems to be beautiful all year.

  4. Most of us (well me, anyway) ignore things like that. A lot of planning and work goes into this sort of thing and I don't even think about it. Nicely spotted - I'm with Stuart - it's interesting to see the same spots at different times.

  5. Great to see the difference, I like this spot in both seasons.

  6. Magnifique, I like colorfull photos ...

  7. A magnificent display of tulips

  8. All in wonderful natural colors, and beautifully arranged...

  9. If it weren't for the tree and building,I wouldn't have known it was the same bed!
    Jane x

  10. What a difference and contrast! Both are beautiful, congratulations to the gardeners!

  11. wow! They take your breath away

  12. That is a big difference, but they are both beautiful and so is the fall color of the leaves on that tree!

  13. @Cloudia: good quote!

    @Randy: it's such a beautiful area here in the city.

    @Marianne: I thought the contrast between the shots made for a good idea.

    @Tomas: during the festival the tulips number in the millions.

    @Stuart: it's great for a walk at many times of the year.

    @Mike: I walk through that park often enough that I'll often see landscaping work being done.

    @Jan: so do I.

    @Tahiti: thanks!

  14. @Mo: the festival brings in a lot of visitors.

    @Revrunner: thank you!

    @VP: the arrangements are well done.

    @Luis: thank you.

    @Jane and Chris: those are good reference points for the shot.

    @Karl: they do great work.

    @Hilary: they do.

    @Lois: that tree is usually the first I can think of to start turning colours.

  15. Quite a difference but both lovely! Two wonderful photos William.

  16. Both look nice but I do love Tulips. Monday we just planted over 300 Tulips in our front flower bed. Will be amazing----I hope. MB

  17. Very pretty!
    I love colourful tulips.

    Happy weekend to you!

  18. Nice to see both pictures and how different it looks.

  19. I get sooo carried away in flower gardens....I could easily fill up a memory card with these beauties.

  20. I like seeing the comparison pictures! Both beautiful!

  21. @Denise: thanks!

    @Tex: the landscaping teams that take care of the various flowerbeds throughout both cities really work well.

    @MB: tulips here are so lovely come spring, but last so briefly!

    @Gunn: of any variety, tulips are such a beautiful flower.

    @RedPat: it won't take long.

    @Marleen: and they're such a contrast.

    @Bibi: I wouldn't be good at tending to flowers, but I like photographing them.

    @Judy: thank you.

  22. I can't decide which one I like best!

  23. It seems like this garden looks great any time of the year.

  24. Contrasting seasons; gardens well cared for. Fine shots.

  25. beautiful all year round by the looks of it :)
    love the colours in both shots :)

  26. It seems like just yesterday when you were showing the tulips and here it is on the verge of cold weather for you. The summer goes fast in your part of the world.

  27. That's some great gardening there! Love the colors in both shots.

  28. gorgeous!! i love the patterns of colors. ( :

  29. @Norma: one doesn't have to choose!

    @Kay: it's quite pleasant to walk through.

    @Paul: thanks!

    @Jen: winter's not far off, though!

    @Sharon: this year summer seemed non existent.

    @Meradeth: thank you!

    @Cheryl: it does.

    @Beth: it makes me miss the tulips.

  30. The color of the tulips makes the others a pale substitute until next spring.

  31. It must take quite a team to create these beds.

  32. This is a perfect before and after sort of thing. My readers tend to love those! Great idea!

  33. I too like the before and after. The gardening in Ottawa is very creative and takes a lot of gardeners and a lot of planting stock.

  34. When I see this picture with tulips, I feel at home, in the Netherlands.

  35. This is what is done at Elizabeth Park, too. One plot, multiple seasons.

  36. @Mari: at some point in the next couple of weeks, the flowerbeds should be replanted for next spring's tulips.

    @Linda: it's a lot of work.

    @Linda: it is!

    @Whisk: no such thing!

    @Jennifer: thank you!

    @Merry: the gardens here are well taken care of.

    @Shelly: thanks!

    @Peter: our tulips begin with our history with the Netherlands in the war.

    @Jose: thank you!

    @Jack: it's a good way of using the flowerbeds.

    @Mariusz: thanks!