Saturday, May 18, 2019


Picking up from where I left off yesterday, I continued along the pathway.

I'll be back here on Monday. These beds will probably look different then.

These ones caught my eye. As well as another member of the Tulip Paparazzi.

I decided I'd take some closeups.

There are a series of panels on the background of the festival at one of the flowerbeds. The Tulip Festival is a legacy of the Second World War, born out of the bond between Canadians and Dutch people that sprang up out of the liberation of the Netherlands from Nazi Germany. The Dutch royals and the people sent tulips in thanks, and have done so since. The idea of a festival rose up out of that just a few years later.

The panels examine the hardships of life under occupation in the Netherlands.

Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands set up operations in Britain at the time, but sent her daughter and heir Juliana to Ottawa with her daughters. The family lived here during the war. I'll have more of the panels in coming posts.


  1. That is quite some display of Tulips, something I come to appreciate this year with the few we have in our garden

  2. Love all the beautiful and colourful daffodils

  3. I will also want to be a floral paparazzi ... :))
    You know that during the Second World War, because of hunger, were there many people who ate bulbs of tulips?

  4. Nearly like the Keukenhof in Holland, I which apparently is the biggest tulip field in the world!

  5. Glad to see that spring is now blooming for you and that it looks so colourful too.

  6. ...the Paparazzi will be out in force.

  7. Unique flower photos & very colorful

  8. Wow, what a gorgeous sight. I love all tulips colors, lovely blooms. Enjoy your day and weekend!

  9. Beautiful, it will probably be changing day by day.

  10. Those red and white tulips are my favorites. They are all lovely, though. :-)

  11. @Marie: so do I.

    @Bill: I love seeing them.

    @Maywyn: definitely.

    @Nancy: I do too.

    @Ella: I did know that.

    @Gattina: I would love to see that.

    @Rosemary: it took its time.

    @Tom: indeed.

    @Vicky: thanks.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Jan: it does.

  12. The candy cane tulips are such a happy blossom and the yellow Angelique, oh I loved those in our garden! Beautiful flowers!

  13. so torn - pink or yellow - which is my fave? so gorgeous. what a fun time to see them in person. thanks for sharing. happy weekend. ( ;

  14. Oh so beautiful! The background of the Dutch connection is good to know. Yes, photographers keep in shape bending to capture the perfect shot!

  15. Hopefully it stays cool and the flowers last a long time!

  16. It is amazing the extent to which tulips have been hybridized to produce so many varieties.

  17. Those pink and whites are especially lovely!

  18. This blog will be attractive for a while when you post about tulips.

  19. Love, love, love the colors! Tweeted.

  20. @DJan: they are all a feast for the eyes.

    @Laurie: Angeliques are a common one at this festival.

    @Beth: you're welcome.

    @Barbara: it is a good legacy.

    @RedPat: it would not surprise me, given how late they've been, if they last through month's end.

    @Sandi: enjoy!

    @David: my maternal grandfather was in the business in the Netherlands before immigrating. Years later there were many types around that hadn't been around when he was doing that.

    @Sharon: that they are.

    @Jeanie: I agree.

    @Red: oh, yes!

    @Mari: thanks!

  21. Amazing dislays of colours, very pretty!

  22. All so pretty, but the striped red and white ones are amazing.

  23. The tulips are really really gorgeous.

  24. one of these Springs we will have to take a trip to Ottawa to see the tulips, one of my favourite flowers.

  25. Working together is always a good thing, turning it into such a beautiful festival even better.

  26. I bet the paparazzi are there in force at times 😉

  27. Amazing and all so beautiful.
    Many thanks for giving the information re the Dutch connection.
    A lovely post.

    All the best Jan

  28. I am not sure I could stop taking pictures if I were ever lucky enough to be there at the right time! So I guess I would definitely qualify as a member of the tulip paparazzi!

  29. Everyone wants to have unique pictures.

  30. @Bill: thanks.

    @Happyone: I agree.

    @Shammickite: they are.

    @Joanne: definitely.

    @Gill: you should.

    @Iris: I agree.

    @Kay: indeed.

    @Italiafinlandia: very much so.

    @Grace: especially on weekends.

    @Jan: you're welcome.

    @Sallie: I certainly am.

    @Klara: they do.