Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Flourish Of Colours

My maternal grandfather worked in the tulip business in the Netherlands before immigrating to Canada. On a visit back years later, he was astonished by how many new types of tulips had been developed in his absence. These beds along Dow's Lake would have appealed to him. 






42 comments:

  1. I'm sure they would have. They are beautiful!

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  2. Your final shot is un-REAL!



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    ALOHA from Honolulu,
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  3. Of course they are beautiful !.

    Tomás.

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  4. Had some in my garden a little while ago.

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  5. I think your Grandfather would have been well impressed with these displays William, so stunning.

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  6. Tulips, Tulips, Tulips... how beautiful, William !

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  7. How wonderful to have that family connection. It is as if the tulips are there for you!

    Janis
    GDP

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  8. Yes, they keep inventing new types of tulips, that amazes me too.

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  9. Even wth being the "vanilla man" I am, I can still appreciate the variety.

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  10. it always amazes me the new varieties that come out each year.

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  11. profitons des belle couleurs printanières

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  12. Hahahahaha
    Start counting. I dare you!

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  13. that's so neat that you were able to share that experience with him!

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  14. It is amazing how many different varieties of tulips there are nowadays. I can understand why your grandfather would have been surprised!

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  15. I have never seen most of these, if not in your pictures...

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  16. Lovely. William, hope you get to see my Monday post, I think you will get a kick out of it. :)

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  17. I can see why. They are beautiful.

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  18. @Marleen: they certainly are.

    @Cloudia: thank you!

    @Tomas: they do qualify.

    @Bill: a lot of homes here also have them in gardens.

    @Grace: I know my grandparents came up this way at least once- there was a distant cousin living nearby for some years, but I don't know if they came during tulip time.

    @Karl: thanks!

    @Janis: the company he worked for would have liked him to stay in the Netherlands.

    @Marianne: with some odd names. One of these, a pink one, gets the name Playgirl.

    @Revrunner: and there's no shortage of variety.

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  19. @Gill: there are a whole lot of them.

    @Olivier: thank you!

    @Birdman: that would take forever.

    @Luis: I do think they are.

    @Tex: I know my grandparents loved these flowers.

    @EG: and he'd been pretty good with them when he worked with them.

    @VP: I would love to see the displays in the Netherlands.

    @Linda: I will be looking for it.

    @Judy: they certainly are.

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  20. I really can't get over how beautiful these are. What a blessing to have these to enjoy every year.

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  21. I do like the fancy varieties!

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  22. These are so wonderful, so beautiful, as also in the previous post.
    Hugs

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  23. They're so gorgeous. Spectacular blossoms!

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  24. The love of tulips must be in your genes!

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  25. One cannot imagine a more beautiful field of flowers!

    And no, no one walks playing golf down here (well, maybe a few people on selected courses) ... it's too damn hot in the summer. And then some of us are too old! :)

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  26. Are there painters around? I mean, this would be hard to pass by if you know how to draw!

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  27. These tulips just keep on giving and giving you good photo opportunities.

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  28. As always fascinating stuff William, I love the tulips in the bottom picture

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  29. @Sharon: it really is a blessing.

    @Halcyon: I was reading an article today- there are more varieties than I'd realized.

    @Jennifer: it is!

    @Orvokki: thanks!

    @Kay: I think so too.

    @RedPat: I imagine so.

    @Beth: I thought I should relate that!

    @Norma: thanks! I think so!

    @Lowell: they certainly give off a lot of pleasure to people.

    @Ciel: I have seen artists in this park. I assume they were around this year as well, but I was just never around while they were at work.

    @Red: they certainly do.

    @Geoff: thanks!

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  30. I just cannot get over how many there are!

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  31. Glorious displays of tulips up there and how lovely that your grandmother came from the Netherlands. We're doing our geneology and tracing our family tree right now. Found out that we originated just south of Liverpool. Who'd have thought that? I always thought we were firmly entrenched in the Midlands. Great photos!

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  32. These are really pretty, William.

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  33. I can imagine your maternal grandfather was astonished by the amount of new types of tulips. And meanwhile ther will be many more new types, I think. Your photos are wonderful again.

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  34. Good for Grandfather. I am glad he enjoyed the Tulips when he could.
    MB

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  35. Love all these beautiful tulip pics!

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