Monday, June 4, 2018

A Walk Within Major's Hill Park

I returned to Major's Hill Park on the last Sunday of the Tulip Festival, a few days after my previous visit, to look in on the tulip beds here.

This view from the east end of one of them looks down the long row of them, with Colonel John By's statue at the far end and Parliament Hill beyond.

And here we get the view from the west end, with the Colonel looking quite distinguished.

Lilacs were coming into bloom at this time as well, and there are bushes lining the top of the bluff, overlooking the Ottawa River and Gatineau on its far shore.

Along this pathway, there are tulips in planters.

The beds at the north end of the park were at peak, with the National Gallery and Notre Dame as backdrops.


  1. Good to see the Colonel again and all those gorgeous tulips. Great photos again William, thank you :)

  2. My favorite is the shot overlooking the river with the lilacs in bloom. But they are all beautiful!

  3. I am impressed by the number and colors of these tulips

  4. You really want to bully us with so many beautiful tulips ... LOL
    The Notre Dame is all so very nice! Do you have more pictures of the Cathedral?
    I wish you a nice week!

  5. ...beautiful views, we enjoyed them on our visit. Thanks again.

  6. Oh la! Tulips AND lilacs, bliss! Lots of visitors to the tulip festival William 🌷

  7. The tulips and lilacs are gorgeous, aren't we lucky to have such beautiful spring flowers....

  8. @Denise: the Colonel always looks good.

    @Lowell: thank you!

    @Bergson: we've got a lot.

    @Ella: I am planning on photographing inside Notre Dame for the next theme day on July 1st.

    @Francisco: thank you!

    @Tom: you're welcome.

    @Grace: we had many visitors.

    @Shammickite: indeed!

  9. Another fine set of pictures, William. I am still enjoying the tulips! :-)

  10. The tulips look oh so permanent, but they are oh so temporary. About gone, I'd imagine.


  11. Oh great! The tulips are back :). Love them.

    Thanks for leaving a comment last week on my very absent looking blog. I am amazed at how you always find the time. Wonderful.

  12. How beautiful all the beds of tulips are and I love the lilac:)

  13. Amazing pictures, mass plantings of tulips are as well.

  14. You had a good last day of the festival!

  15. Those rivers of tulips are quite spectacular.

  16. When I see your posts go on day after day, I wonder how many tulips are planted in Ottawa???

  17. @DJan: and I am enjoying showing them.

    @Janis: yes, now they're gone. We had heat last week that finished them off.

    @Lauren: you're welcome!

    @Maywyn: thank you!

    @RedPat: some years the Victoria Day weekend, they're all gone. That wasn't the case this year.

    @Sharon: they are indeed.

    @Red: nearly a million bulbs.

  18. Lovely ! Favorite is the lilac photo ~

    Happy Times to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  19. Seems if you were going to Canada...this would be the time to go. Beautiful

  20. I'm going to miss the tulips when this series is over!

  21. Look what I found:
    Stroet is a village in the municipality of Schagen, in the province of Noord-Holland. The village had about 356 inhabitants in 2005. It is a very smal village! But very nice!

    The name Stroet comes from the name "stroet" which means swampy in Oudfries, with a first mention in 1478. A water mill stood at the west end of Dirkshorn but belonged to the Stroet in 1637 (the corn mill was at St.Maarten). Stroet is a real ribbon village that runs from the west end of Dirkshorn to the direction of Sint Maarten. The village has a number of large bulb growers and there is a large orchid nursery.
    Do you have the streetview of Google in your computer?
    You can see the whole Netherlands!

  22. @Carol: thank you!

    @Marie: they are!

    @Janey: May's a great time in Ottawa.

    @Norma: a few days more, but we're now in the home stretch.

    @Ella: yes, for whatever reason I thought the spelling of the village was a double o, but that's not the case, as I looked about at various resources online. My father grew up there.

    @Catalyst: very much so!

  23. The tulip blooms seem to last quite a long time, William, and so provide a lot of wonderful color for your posts. I enjoyed the lilac scene and the view across the Ottawa River.

  24. It's sad to see the tulips end. The lilacs are heavenly.

  25. Beautiful scenes and nice to see those lilacs. They have the best scent!

  26. We're just getting to the end of our lilacs here. And I hate to see your tulips coming to an end.

  27. i really enjoy the water, tulip views ... super amazing!! u live a gorgeous area. ( ;

  28. The major stand out terrific in the middle of the tulips.

  29. Yes, I too think the Colonel is looking quite distinguished.
    Lovely blooms again, I love this time of year.

    All the best Jan

  30. @Beatrice: I do manage to make the series last longer than the festival, but we had a good year this year.

    @Mari: both are short lived, but delightful.

    @Michelle: they do indeed.

    @Kay: all good things end.

    @Beth: thank you!

    @Jan: he's quite the figure surrounded by all the tulips.

    @Klara: thank you!

    @Jan: thanks!