Monday, May 16, 2022

At The Lake

 Commissioners Park at Dow's Lake is the largest site for the Tulip Festival, and some days after my post from yesterday I came through to see the tulips, most of which hadn't opened up yet. But there was colour to be found. I started at the south end of the park, where the Rideau Canal widens into the lake, and where several houses are probably the backdrop for thousands of photos this time of year, every year.

On the west side of the footpath here are several beds which are always the first to bloom. Such has been the case this year.

I continued along. This bed along a low stone wall had some tulips already coming out, others yet to come. The plantings are staggered deliberately so that tulips will generally bloom on a staggered schedule, as opposed to everything at once.

Further along, one of the largest standalone beds had a lot of green, but not blooming tulips yet.

Some colour was starting to show in this bed on the north side of the park.

As well as this one.

I finish at the west end of the park, where the tulips were coming along. Companion muscari, a small purple flower, is often found beside tulips, as is the case here. 

Tomorrow we start looking at a visit some days later, when more of the tulips were showing themselves.


  1. Smart with the schedule. I like the buildings in the first photos.

  2. It won't be long before the blooms create their usual dazzling display.

  3. I had never heard of those purple flowers being near tulips. Companion is good name for it.

  4. Hello,
    The tulips are beautiful, what a lovely sight! Take care, have a great new week!

  5. ...Dow's Lake is a gorgeous neighborhood!

  6. Es idílico el lugar. Con esas preciosas blores y esas bellas casas.
    Que tengas una buena semana.

  7. That house is lovely with a lawn of tulips. I like the fluffy double ones!

  8. Such a beautiful collection of photographs William.
    Happy Monday wishes.

    All the best Jan

  9. I always like the loners with a different color in such a bed.

  10. It is so nice to see colour in spring.

  11. Such large spaces covered with tulip plants.

  12. Beautiful place and wonderful Spring photos ~

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  13. @Stefan: I think so.

    @Francisco: thanks.

    @David: a few days makes a difference.

    @Sandi: I'm used to seeing them as such.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Tom: it is, yes.

    @Ventana: thanks.

    @Jeanie: indeed.

    @Jan: thank you.

    @Jan: I call them rogues.

    @RedPat: it is.

    @Sharon: there's a lot.

    @Carol: thank you.

  14. I always look forward to your tulip photos.

  15. So a good walk provides lots of tulips for photographs. I see few other blooms sneaked in .

  16. I would enjoy walking among all the flowers. :)

  17. For one brief second I thought the sign said Don't kick the tulips.

  18. @Denise: I look forward to showing them.

    @Red: a good walk results in many pictures!

    @happyone: I enjoy doing so.

    @Joanne: oddly I can see that.

    @Gemel: thank you.

  19. And before we knew it spring became real! Now this is some lovely place, to call this home would be wonderful!

  20. Anticipation for tulips. Such a lovely eagerness unfurls in your town.