Friday, May 21, 2021


 In the last days of April, I went down to Commissioners Park at Dows Lake. This scilla on the grass caught my eye.

My purpose for stopping in was simple. I wanted to check on the progress of the flowerbeds in this park, which is one of the key locations for the Canadian Tulip Festival. While Covid has removed formal programming from the event, the tulips are out regardless. And so today we begin an extensive series on the festival, which concludes this coming weekend.

Most of the beds were in pre-bloom state.

Each year a million bulbs are planted in the public beds around the national capital region. Most of those are densely planted.

Others are less so, such as this.

I carried on. This raised bed included the lake in the background.

Scilla beneath a tree caught my eye.

Some bulbs were just starting to show.

But most weren't there yet.

For today I leave off with this bed, and an eyesore in the background.


  1. Give them a week or so and i'm sure they'll be blooming.

  2. There will be flowers very soon I think.

  3. The tulips are beginning to bloom. Looking forward to the beautiful tulips. Have a great weekend.

  4. ...fortunately the tulips aren't aware of Covid-19.

  5. The tulips care not one fig for COVID and will delight the eyes of human admirers as they have always done. At least we have a few constants in life.

  6. Looking forward to what´s to come!

  7. It is so nice to see the start of it all. Looking forward to the glorious display.

  8. I too look forward to the display of tulips. Ours are mostly gone, but a few late bloomers are still around.

  9. @Amy: the next time I visited these gardens things were different.

    @Italiafinlandia: it does indeed.

    @Marianne: they do come up fast.

    @Nancy: I expect to be featuring tulips through most of next month. I think I've taken the last shots.

    @Tom: quite true.

    @David: while we don't have out of town visitors like normal, the parks themselves are open to locals to admire the tulips.

    @Iris: much more to come.

    @Denise: thank you.

    @DJan: it's heating up now here, and that's going to finish them off.

  10. The heat has really played a number on the tulips here!

  11. Would be a heavenly sight once they bloom!

  12. It will be interesting to see these later on.

  13. I look forward to seeing these beautiful flower beds in their full glory.

  14. @RedPat: I'd be surprised if any are still in bloom by Monday.

    @Sharon: so do I.

    @Magiceye: they are

    @Red: and you shall.

    @John: lots to come.

  15. Thank goodness you've been before, as your header is just amazing! I was wondering how they were doing.

  16. Hopefully they bloom in glory soon ~ Xo

    Happy Weekend to you,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  17. Bring on the beautiful blooms.

  18. So your Tulips haven't bloomed yet? Ours have come and gone/

  19. @Jennifer: they were good this year.

    @Carol: they did.

    @Bill: more to come.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @MB: well bear in mind these were April shots. They were in bloom the next time I passed through.

  20. Bulbs are just blooming here these days.

  21. What a lovely walk. The flower beds are going to look stunning.

  22. William - a million bulbs! Wow - I hope the gardeners have strong knees and backs!

  23. It's fun reading blog posts and getting a handle on weather in different parts of the US and Canada (and world). When I only had green daff sprouts, my southern blog friends were making beautiful bouquets. Now I'm seeing in Ottawa what we had several weeks ago. That's a WHOLE lot of bulbs!

  24. They are beginning to bloom...

    All the best Jan

  25. they are slowly showing up. yeah!! ( ;

  26. @Marleen: indeed.

    @Jan: quite true.

    @Tanya: they are.

    @Marie: every spot has its time.

    @Gemel: they always do.

    @Angie: it's hard work.

    @Jeanie: a lot indeed.

    @Jan: it's a pleasure to see them in stages.

    @Beth: thank you.