"It is a truth universally acknowledged that after a long winter, Canadians shall be in want of seeing flower beds." ~ Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice & Polar Vortexes
It is time to get things started with the Canadian Tulip Festival, which kicks off officially tomorrow here in Ottawa and Gatineau. The festival has its origins in the aftermath of the Second World War, with gifts of tulips from the Netherlands and the Dutch royal family as thanks for liberation. In the 1950s, a formal festival was organized by landscape photographer Malak Karsh, among others. Each year, a million bulbs are planted at various locations throughout the capital.
This is the flower bed in Commissioners Park that I showed you for the theme day.
Another bed of tulips further on in the park is less densely planted. I photographed these two tulips, and noticed afterwards that there was a third tulip, its petals gone. No doubt thanks to a devious squirrel; they tend to have habits of doing that.
The rest of these shots are from Little Italy, including this bed along the street.
Aside from the many public locations, many people plant tulips in their gardens. These were in a front garden.
And this bed of tulips is from another day, outside an office building.