Today I begin my series on the Tulip Festival for 2020, and I intend to take my time with it. This year was an odd one, what with Covid-19. There were no tie-in events, such as the planned 75th anniversary marking the liberation of the Netherlands, and the tulip beds lacked the signage identifying types. That said, however, the parks were open for walking through, just with some common sense. This year the tulips were relatively late; I was still photographing them a few days after the formal festival would have ended on Victoria Day, and most years, they're all done by then.
The biggest site for tulips is at Commissioners Park down by Dow's Lake, where the Rideau Canal passes through. I came here several times over the course of the festival, photographing in stages. For this first time I started at the south end of the park. Homes bordering the park make a nice backdrop for the beds.
There is a set of beds apart from the main pathway that can generally always be counted on to be the first blooming. One of them, at least, was doing so, while others were a few days behind during this visit.
The lake itself is seen in the background here.
Daffodils are sometimes planted as a companion flower in tulip beds, but there are also parts of the park where they grow freely in the grass.
Some of the tulip beds are less densely planted than others. We'll pick up here tomorrow.