Canadian Tulip Festival – 60th Anniversary – May 4-21, 2012
When I first looked at the headline in the Monday edition of the Ottawa Citizen (March 5th, 2012), my first reaction was one of dismay as I read “Tulip Festival pulls up NCC event roots”.Â Then, I read further and realized that the headline was discussing the location of the events not the demise of the tulip beds.
The headline did make me think of when I would need to be in town this year if I was intending to photograph the beautiful magnolias and tulips and other Spring flowering beauties that Ottawa parks are famous for each Spring.
This year might be completely different from last year since the precise timing of the best displays is always dependent on the weather conditions.
Here is my timing from 2011.
(Click on the image to go to the photos for that day)
May 6th – Day one of the 2011 Tulip Festival – The overcast skies kept the tulips wrapped up but the Forsythias and Magnolias kept doing their thing to brighten the landscape. The daffodils were no slouches either.
May 7th – After a few days of overcast, the tulips got their bit of sunshine and responded.
May 10th – The sun came out and the tulips opened up nicely around Dow’s Lake.
May 12th – Tulip beds in full bloom at Major’s Hill Park
Nothing is guaranteed but, with snow still on the ground and a forecast temperature of +12C less than 24 hours away, the idea of going back and looking at my tulip entries for 2011 certainly has had an uplifting effect :-).
Hard to believe a forecast of +12C with sunshine in March but I won’t complain!