Tuesday, April 17, 2007

One final sunny bouquet! (For now)

We'll just wrap up this particular phase of tulipidolatry for now with a nice, illuminated quartet of color (again from April, 2006), showing off the diverse range of truly outstanding shades the
Darwins offer us ... If I haven't sold you by now on the many virtues of the Darwin varieties, I hope this last shot will really make you stop and take notice! They truly are remarkable flowers, and well worth the expenditure of effort it takes to get them going,

In the next few days I'll try to present some contrasting shots from this year, since it appears we will have some (albeit stunted) blooms after all ... not perfect by any means, but real miracles that they are going to be here at all this year!

So stop by again for those and some other surprises coming soon ... we have some exciting shots of a recently planted perennial about to burst forth in bloom in our woodland shade garden ...

... To be continued ...


olivia said...

This is a very pretty photo - love the colours and the perspective you've taken: tulip faces to the sun. :) It reminds me of the Tulip Festival ... I can't wait!

FARfetched said...

Nice shots, IVG — that pink is just intense. Too bad this year is off to such a bad start though. Looks like we're done with the coldest stuff, at least for now.

Hey O, which Tulip Festival? There's a huge one in Holland MI.

Family Man said...


Beautiful shots of the tulips. With Olivia and FAR memtioning the tulip festival I was thinking yesterday about you and thinking you would love the flower festival they have in the country of Holland. It like a national thing. I never did get to go, but I had a few friends that went and they bought back poster and everything. They couldn't get over the magnitude of flowers that were there.

I'll be looking forward to more flowers blooming here.

Take care

olivia said...

FAR, it's the one here in Ottawa ... here's a bit about it:

The Canadian Tulip Festival has grown into the largest Tulip Festival in the world from a gift of thanks given six decades ago. In the fall of 1945, Princess Juliana of the Netherlands presented Ottawa with 100,000 tulip bulbs. The gift was given in appreciation of the safe haven that members of Holland's exiled royal family received during the Second World War in Ottawa and in recognition of the role which Canadian troops played in the liberation of the Netherlands..

The tulips have become an important symbol of international friendship and the beauty of spring. They also have special meaning to people of Canada's Capital Region. During the war, the Dutch royal family was hosted at Government House in Ottawa. Princess Margriet was born at the Ottawa Civic Hospital; her hospital room declared "Dutch soil" and the flag of the Netherlands flew on Parliament's Peace Tower.

Here's the Wiki link

There are 1000s of tulips everywhere ... all over the city ... the largest concentration is at Dow's Lake though ... ~ 300,000 ... it's breathtaking.