Today begins an extended series on our Tulip Festival. Get used to floral colours for a good long while.
My first shot was taken in Little Italy, passing by a house. I noticed the driftwood and the tulips in its shade. This was taken on the first Sunday of the month, as I was on my way down to Dow's Lake, which is nearby, to check on the tulip beds there.
Dow's Lake, which is part of the Rideau Canal, features Commissioners Park on its east and north sides, and is one of the main sites for the festival. On this morning, some of the tulips were starting to show up ahead of others. Many of the tulips and accompanying flowers are marked with their types at some spot in the beds.
Aside from the tulips, there are also daffodils here that tend to grow in the grass near the flowerbeds and bloom around the same time.
This one bright red tulip was showing much earlier than its neighbours.
It is fairly common for accompanying flowers to be planted around the tulips in the fall, such as the case with these hyacinths.
I focused in on the early blooms of a couple of the nearby beds.
Around one of the beds here in the park, several panels can be found about the history of the Tulip Festival and its origins in the Second World War. I'll be showing you two or three a day over the coming posts.