Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Floral Colours

Picking up where I left off yesterday, here we have another bed of tulips from that first visit to Commissioners Park.

Daffodils can be found close by, in the grass or on a traffic island in the midst of the roadway here, with Dow's Lake and the Arboretum in the background.

More tulips, showing up well in the sunlight.

Most of the tulip beds here lie on the east side of the bike path, but there are some on the west side which I can always count on to be early bloomers. This particular bed, with the lake beyond, contains a great number of red emperor tulips.

In terms of the tulip beds, I'm finishing today's post with the last shot I took on that first visit. I've featured this one before, and a similar perspective can be seen in my header image at present from last year. The tulips in these beds weren't out at the time, but we'll see them as they were during my next visit, yet to come.

Here are two more of the panels. With the Netherlands under occupation, Queen Wilhelmina found sanctuary in Britain, working with her son in law Prince Bernhard on helping the Dutch from there. Her daughter, Crown Princess Juliana, was sent here to Canada, living with her daughters in Ottawa during the war years.


  1. Hi William, How pretty! I love the tulips with the lake in the background. Hope you have a nice day.

  2. Here we go again - a plethora of floral beauty! Seems like it was just yesterday when we saw similar scenes. Have you noticed how time speeds up as you age? Nah, you're too young! But it does, I swear!

  3. That's really beautiful ! I didn't know that Juliana was sent to Canada. Now she is a retired Queen and her son Wilhelm Alexander is King.

  4. ...beautiful floral carpets!

  5. Spring has come on so suddenly, and the tulips are proof!


  6. The spring flowers in Ottawa are always a great production!

  7. Hello, the tulips are gorgeous. What a lovely sight to see. Have a happy day!

  8. @Mildred: today will be a photo-heavy day!

    @Lowell: time speeds up?

    @Gattina: that's Beatrix. Her mother was queen for many years before abdicating in her favour.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Tom: and I'm looking forward to seeing them again.

    @Janis: they're a delight to see.

    @Marie: they are indeed.

    @Eileen: thank you!

  9. I so enjoy tulips. Ours are now a memory, until next spring. Thanks for sharing yours with me today. And your header is stunning! :-)

  10. they look so happy. like little faces waving in the breeze. thanks for sharing. enjoyable. ( ;

  11. It would be cool riding your bike through a field of tulips. They seem to grow much lighter shades of tulips rather than the brilliant reds and yellows.

  12. I like that sea of red emperor tulips.

  13. Lovely, lovely, lovely. I especially like those cheerful daffodils.

  14. Always love the tulipfields. So nic you have them too.

  15. Love all the flower pictures. Sure nice to see colours after that long winter.

  16. Gorgeous floral shots! Great colors!

    Wishing you a Happy Week, xxx

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  17. Colour everywhere. I love #6 with the tree, light and lake in the background of all the red tulips with a cyclist and a walker. Great composition, William!

  18. I know you love winter, William, but even an avowed winter person would have to be cheered by sights like these (as I hope you are).

  19. @DJan: thank you!

    @Beth: they do look that way.

    @Red: it depends on the time of day and the light conditions. There are some deep reds this year.

    @Jan: the red emperors are now past their prime. I saw them yesterday. They do tend to bloom early.

    @Sharon: it's a delight seeing daffs too.

    @Marianne: they're a pleasure to walk in.

    @Karl: that they are.

    @Jenn: it was a long winter!

    @RedPat: it is!

    @Marleen: thank you!

    @Carol: thanks!

    @Klara: that they are.

    @Bill: thank you!

    @Kay: I am indeed.

  20. I'm glad you showed the panels, William. They're interesting and beautifully designed.

  21. If there are tulips, it is certainly spring time!
    More interesting info and great photos William.

  22. The daffodils are as beautiful as the tulips.

  23. My client has a fancy tulip, with double petals and fringe, but I like the classics, too!

  24. @Jeanie: thank you.

    @Pat: thanks!

    @Norma: they are!

    @Jennifer: some of them are quite different!