Saturday, May 19, 2018


I'm starting today with where I left off- the three beds of tulips west of the main pathway, with its bright colours. A lot of the tulips here are early bloomers- red and pink emperors, for instance. Earlier this week when I returned, the reds were past their prime in these beds.

Each year there are banners set up in Commissioners Park about the bonds between Canada and the Netherlands. This year it's been updated. I've been posting several of them over at the Ottawa Daily Photo Facebook page photo gallery, but here are some additional ones that I took during this second visit to the park. There will be more from this park before I'm done with the festival series, but for now we'll be moving to other locations.


  1. What a wealth of tulips you have there!

  2. You have so many different colours on show. Good to see lots of info on the connection with the Netherlands.

  3. All of which raises the issue as to how long a tulip lasts? Just a few days, a week, several weeks. They're so beautiful, they ought to last through the summer at any rate!

  4. ...these tulips are the reward after your long hard winter!

  5. It is such a beautiful time of year.

  6. These tulip photos are fantastic!

    Good to see the hero sign...

  7. Hello, beautiful tulips. The colors are lovely. Enjoy your day and weekend!

  8. Just look at all those tulips. It's amazing.

  9. Wow! Those are just wonderful pictures. Thank you for sharing them with me. :-)

  10. @Linda: they are!

    @Fun60: we have a lot.

    @Lowell: at peak bloom they last a few days.

    @Tom: they are indeed.

    @Jennifer: that's true.

    @Sandi: thank you!

    @Eileen: thanks!

    @Sharon: I agree.

    @DJan: you're welcome.

  11. I like how the bright red stands out.

  12. Acres and acres of tulips make things very colorful.Then they rush something else in to have color later.

  13. I love seeing fields of tulips, they are such a beautiful and delicate flower.
    I saw lots of colors when I visited the keukenhof garden in Amsterdam
    Beautiful photos.
    Have a nice weekend
    Maria from
    Divagar Sobre Tudo um Pouco

  14. I would love to be out there taking snap shots of the flowers! I can imagine the sight of those flowers!

  15. @Marie: thank you.

    @Marleen: so do I.

    @Red: yes, they plant things that last through the summer and into fall. I was telling Tom and Jeanette that I'll have to photograph these beds down the line when they look quite different, probably in late summer.

    @Maria: I'd love to see the Keukenhof someday.

    @Nancy: they really draw out the crowds. I was hoping to see the resident black cat, who lives in one of the nearby houses to these beds, and is known to come out into the park and lap up attention from passersby. Though I doubt he or she will show up when the crowds are too much. I've seen that cat only when it's less busy during tulip season.

  16. I like to see how the bond between Canada and the Netherlands is put in the spotlight every year.

  17. It looks like a sea of tulips!

  18. What a beautiful array of colors in your wonderful photography!

    Happy Day to you,
    C & Z

  19. Looks like tulipmania is taking over Ottawa. Love the colours!

  20. Lovely tulips !
    You live in a beautiful city.

    cheers, parsnip

  21. @Jan: and it is a strong bond.

    @Francisco: thank you!

    @RedPat: it does indeed.

    @Carol: thanks!

    @Bill: that fits the bill.

    @Parsnip: especially right now.

  22. They may be past their prime in your opinion, but to me they are still truly beautiful. Tulip flowers assume so many different shapes throughout their blooming life. And the colours change too. Very nice pictures.

  23. Another glorious display. I'm surprised that some of the reds are already past their prime.

  24. The tulips!
    The colours!
    Simply wonderful to see ...

    All the best Jan

  25. Those pinks are pretty fabulous and I really appreciate the historical info on the signage.

  26. I love the assortment of colors!

  27. @Shammickite: I have another take on that bed coming up in the next batch from my visit a week ago today, that I'll clarify in terms of the text. The red emperors were fading during that visit. Here they were at their peak.

    @Mari: it is!

    @Kay: red emperors tend to bloom early, as is the case with those three beds, which were mostly variations on emperor tulips. The reds did go early, but everything else seemed at a peak last week.

    @Jan: they are a visual delight.

    @Jeanie: I like showing the signs.

    @Norma: as do I.

  28. I don't know where the time goes. I have to binge read some days. I love your take on spring. Thanks for bringing them to your blog!