Sunday, May 15, 2022

Green Tulips

 A good number of you have been awaiting the tulips, and so today we begin another extended series. The Canadian Tulip Festival is underway here in Ottawa and Gatineau, looking more like itself after the last two years in which the tulips were on display as you'd expect, but no associated programming,

I was in Major's Hill Park one day in the first days of May and took this photograph of Colonel John By, the British military engineer who oversaw the building of the Rideau Canal and is considered the founder of the city. Around the statue and beyond it, tulips were popping up out of the soil, but not yet showing their colours.

This view from the end of the row behind the Colonel shows Parliament Hill out beyond.

Some smaller beds in large planters in the park also had tulips poking up and growing.

There are some larger beds at the north end of the park, where workers were busy clearing out the beds of any stray leaves from over the winter. Notre Dame lurks in the background beyond some of the beds.

While the National Gallery stands beyond another. Some tulips were just starting to show some colour. I headed that way.

Then I headed over to the other beds.

Departing the park, I passed by the Elisabeth Bruyere Hospital, where tulips were showing themselves.


  1. It´s so beautiful to see them coming alive! I know you love winter, but this is the best time of the year for me, and summer.

  2. The tulips here have long since finished flowering.

  3. Tulips seem to everywhere now, so can Ottawa be far behind.

  4. I took a few macros yesterday. Coming soon. 😀

  5. They are so lovely! Even the greens! I was hoping you'd visit them. My daughter, in Nepean, tells me they are a little behind us. That is good, it spreads out the joy! (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

  6. Hello,
    They will look beautiful in bloom. Coming soon. Take care, have a happy new week!

  7. The heat this week may make them come and go faster than normal. I hope not.

  8. @Iris: they change so quickly

    @Jan: we're behind you. They appear at their peak now.

    @David: yesterday in Commissioners Park I took a lot of shots. And there were big crowds.

    @Tom: much to come.

    @Francisco: thanks.

  9. @Anvilcloud: good!

    @Marie: indeed.

    @Jennifer: I have more visits to make.

    @Eileen: a few days makes a difference.

    @RedPat: it's likely I will not be taking pictures beyond Wednesday. I am going a number of places today. Including back to this park.

  10. White tulips look so fresh. When they come on, they come on fast!

  11. Well, of course, there have to be green tulips before flowers appear. Nice start to this theme.

  12. Yes, we all are anticipating the tulips blooming. Nice start though. Tweeted.

  13. I have taken two tulip photos this Spring. I guess I will show them to you tomorrow, now that you are up and running with your series.

  14. It is amazing how many tulip bulbs have been planted!

  15. The green tulips will soon turn into beautiful colors.

  16. Beautiful! And so much more to come! :-)

  17. Await the tulips in all their glory!

  18. Lovely array of tulips soon to bloom ~ Great not to be freezing ~ Wonderful photos ~

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

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  19. @Jeanie: they do indeed.

    @Red: thank you.

    @Mari: thanks.

    @Stefan: I saw them.

    @Maywyn: over a million in the public beds.

    @Happyone: it doesn't take long.

  20. @DJan: a lot more.

    @Sharon: me too.

    @Joanne: indeed.

    @Magiceye: definitely.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Gemel: me too.