Tuesday, May 22, 2018


Today I wanted to show tulips in other settings. I'm starting off with a morning shot taken in Dundonald Park, where tulips lurk among the flower beds.

They can also be found in the gardens of homes nearby, such as these two.

As I noted a couple of days ago, not all gardeners are human. These tulips are in the treeline in Central Park in the Glebe, no doubt transplanted by a squirrel from a nearby garden.

Painted tulip sculptures are found at various sites throughout the city during the festival. These are in the Glebe. The first one has St. Giles Presbyterian Church as a backdrop.

There were some white ones set up in the Glebe before the festival started, waiting for artists to start painting new designs on them. This one was being painted when I first stopped by and chatted briefly with the artist. Passing by the next day, it was done, and quite bright and colourful.

This one is outside a clothing shop some blocks down the street.

And here we have one of the tulip beds outside the Sunnyside branch of the Ottawa Public Library.

These are taken on an afternoon drive taken during the festival, and we're going to look at other spots from that time in posts after I'm done with the tulips. I had visitors- Tom and his wife- here last week to see the tulips, and we went up into the Gatineau Hills. Les Collines-des-l'Outaouais (literally translated as the Hills of the Outaouais, and that term is a French version for the name of the Ottawa River and this particular area of Quebec as a whole) is a regional municipality north of the city of Gatineau on the Quebec side of the river, home to most of Gatineau Park. It is a largely rural area, with its seat in the village of Chelsea. It was here in Chelsea that we stopped at a church, St. Stephens, to photograph the church and its accompanying cemetery. There were tulips here. I'll show you St. Stephens after I'm done with this series.

The village of Wakefield also lies in this regional municipality, north along the Gatineau River from Chelsea. This lone tulip was found near the entrance of a bridge, which I shall also show down the line. 


  1. The Tulip Sculptures are so much fun !

    cheers, parsnip

  2. Tulips, tulips, everywhere. But the sculptures look like such great fun. Whimsical and cheerful. They add a lot of joy to the whole tulip thing.

  3. I'm amazed at the variety of tulips - beautiful - and they were highly prized at one time, I think. The solo ones look a little sad; and I'm not sure about the sculptures...

  4. The tulips are so pretty in the morning light. The sculptures are very nice.

  5. The arty tulips are very pretty.

  6. I love the painted tulips. Did you feature them last year and I just don't remember?


  7. ...tulips spring up all over your beautiful city.

  8. The tulips scuptures are amazing. Though, I am a little scared of the blue one!

  9. Hello, the tulips are beautiful. I love the cute sculptures too. Enjoy your day and new week ahead.

  10. @Marie: I do too. More of them to come.

    @Parsnip: they are indeed!

    @Lowell: Yes, they do.

    @Mike: yes, they were a trading commodity at one point!

    @Mildred: thank you!

    @Marianne: I think so.

    @Janis: I think I had some last year. I try to feature some each year.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Tom: all over indeed!

    @Sandi: it's quite eye catching.

    @Eileen: thanks!

  11. Wonderful sculptures of a beautiful flower! Thank you for sharing these. :-)

  12. I was all set to say what great tulips in so many different environments but then I saw those sculptures and I was blown away! They are fabulous! Thanks for sharing those. More to come? I find them creatively inspiring.

  13. Smiled at your description of lurking tulips William ☺ Fabulous painted tulips. Sounds like you had fun with Tom and his wife, excellent!

  14. The tulip sculptures are wonderful and how interesting that they are painted in situ:)

  15. It's nice to see tulips in people's yards as well as in the public spaces. I love those tulip sculptures. An artist can get very creative painting on of those.

  16. @DJan: you're welcome.

    @Jeanie: I photographed a couple around Dow's Lake, and a couple at Lansdowne. Those are still to come.

    @Grace: it was a good visit!

    @Nancy: that they are!

    @Rosie: yes, there was another one in the Glebe that was set up for an artist to work at, but I don't think that's one of the others in this post. And I did see white tulip sculptures in a couple of other spots during the run up to the festival.

    @Sharon: they can! I believe that same artist I chatted with did the one I'll feature at Lansdowne, likely last year.

  17. The painted tulips look so good. Have never seen those before. Great idea.
    : )

  18. Very nice these painted tulips.

  19. Beautiful tulips! The first tulip sculptures is very eye-catching :-)

  20. There will never be too many tulips!

  21. I have always loved tulips! They haven't bloomed here yet. The tulip sculpture is neat, it would be cool to see them around the city!

  22. What a good die the tulip sculptures are!

  23. It's a nice thought of squirrels 'planting' bulbs.

  24. Goid pics, the painted sculptures are fantastic.

  25. Neat what artists have done to decorate the tulips.

  26. @Catarina: they're a lot of fun.

    @Karl: they are!

    @Tamago: I think so too.

    @Norma: that's true!

    @Jenn: you've got more of a northern climate, so I imagine tulips there might be a couple of weeks away.

    @RedPat: they are, yes.

    @Marleen: just like they plant trees!

    @Maywyn: I think so too.

    @Red: they're very creative.

  27. Lovely photos of various real and created tulips ~

    Happy Day to you,
    C & z

  28. Tulip mania: sculptures to celebrate the living versions. All lovely.

  29. I like those tulip sculptures. Here in Lexington, KY, there are many horse sculptures. Always great to celebrate the best of your area.

  30. Those tulip sculptures are gorgeous.

  31. Those tulip sculptures are beautiful.
    The rest of the photos shows about the way I mostly tulips overhere in the Netherlands, tulips alone or in small groups in gardens.

  32. Lovely tulips - both natural and human-made.

  33. Love the tulips and the painted tulip sculptures are amazing.

    All the best Jan

  34. Yay tulips! They are so much about spring and joy.

  35. It's interesting seeing what people do with their tulips. Mine are just about done.
    They do pop up in strange spots!!!!

  36. @Carol: thank you!

    @Kay: thanks!

    @Michelle: it is.

    @Bill: they are.

    @Jan: I like both the big beds and solo tulips.

    @Mari: quite so.

  37. @Lady Fi: that they are.

    @Cloudia: it takes its time.

    @Jan: thank you.

    @Tammie: they are.

    @Jennifer: they can, yes.

    @Beth: thanks!

    @Klara: indeed.