Thursday, June 4, 2015

Rich Varieties Of Floral Colour

This was a very good year for the tulips in Ottawa and Gatineau, particularly here at Commissioner's Park. In regards to questions from yesterday as to how many bulbs get planted a year, the numbers are well over a million in any given year, and often more.





The red-purple tulips dominating this particular bed of tulips below are named after the artist Vincent Van Gogh. A very fitting choice, as this year is the 125th anniversary of his death.






38 comments:

  1. Lovely, my favourite is the first photo! :)

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  2. The first photo is also my favourite, but all are beautiful !

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  3. I am really enjoying all these varieties. The only thing better would be to see them in person.

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  4. Wow it is really a riot ... of colour.

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  5. I'm overwhelmed by the amount of work these tulip beds would require.

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  6. my mouth hung open scrolling through this beauty!

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  7. Are they dug up and replanted every year then? If so you should ask for a behind the scene's look at where they are stored and how?

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  8. Oh wow, over a million! It must be a lot of work to plant that many, but the outcome is splendid! I especially love the 1st pic today. So beautiful!

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  9. you have gone tulip overboard, or should i say tulips abound? i was trying to think of a overboard word? my mind fails me. way pretty to me. i enjoy them. ( :
    so rainy here in VA ... it nice to see some happy cheerful views.

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  10. Too fabulous! I love it when there's a rogue tulip, one that dares to be different from the rest, like the red tulip in the fourth shot ,:)

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  11. What is the tulip capital of the world? Holland? Ottawa has to be in the running.

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  12. One million tulips! That's awesome. With all the colors , a lot of tulip varieties have been developed. What a lot of work. I know one Canadian who has his variety growing in Holland.

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  13. @Whisk: thanks!

    @Linda: thank you. That bed was particularly lovely this year, and rather late blooming.

    @Karl: thanks!

    @Halcyon: I'm lucky to live here and get to see them each year.

    @Peter: it certainly is.

    @Revrunner: they've got quite a workforce out there doing this.

    @Hilary: thanks!

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  14. @Gill: I have no idea where they're stored, but yes, the bulbs are replanted each year. At present they're putting in the summer flowers.

    @Tamago: thank you!

    @Beth: tulip overboard is a good way to put it!

    @Grace: that one does stand out, though there are a few more of that colour in the background.

    @Birdman: there's a place called Keukenhof, if I've got the spelling right, in the Netherlands, which is pretty much the premier spot in the world to see tulips in spring.

    @Red: I saw a number not too long ago for how many different types there are. I recall it's a four digit number.

    @Tanya: thanks!

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  15. We could use even a fraction of these bulbs...

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  16. I love the purple and yellow and those dark, deep reds are wonderful.

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  17. really lovely variety of shades!

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  18. You are presenting a wondeful sea of flowers again today.

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  19. Over a million? That's mind-blowing. Love all the differentiations in color!

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  20. @VP: and we have no shortage of them!

    @Sharon: I think so too.

    @Jackie: thank you!

    @Tex: I agree.

    @Jan: I'm wondering if anyone's getting tired of tulips!

    @Lowell: there was such a rich number of colours this year.

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  21. I wonder what Van Gogh would have thought of tulips named after him!

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  22. Wonderful tribute to Van Gough William, but I really like the colours with the first picture...

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  23. Vincent loved colour and what a fitting tribute to an incredible artist who was never fully appreciated in his life-time.

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  24. How many times can I type beautiful?

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  25. I saw them pulling out tulip bulbs in a park here today - time for the annuals to go in.

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  26. @Cheryl: it's a big production.

    @Ciel: I think he would have approved.

    @Geoff: thank you!

    @Dianne: he wasn't, but he was great.

    @Mari: there seems no shortage of that comment about tulips!

    @RedPat: the same is underway here too.

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  27. Ottawa seems to exploding in flowers lately. This is so much better than the white and gray winter, isn't it?

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  28. Hard to believe all of those tulips will be replaced by annuals. What a job!

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  29. I love all of them...but the first one is my favourite!

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  30. First shot is one of your BEST, William!


    ALOHA from Honolulu,
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^=

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  31. Wow! I want a field or two.

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  32. Amazing! I can certainly believe there are a million or more. It must be quite a treat to see them each year.

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