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Monday, May 02, 2005

Ottawa Tulip Festival

The Tulip Festival starts soon here in Ottawa. It seems the tulips came out all out at once this afternoon around the Dows Lake area on Queen Elizabeth Drive. Most were not out when I drove in this morning.
There are fears that some beds will not be at their peak due to all the rainy weather recently and especially the wet December we had. So far so good, at least, to my untrained eye. Sure there are some thin spots in some areas but the major beds around Dow's Lake are looking really good. I just checked the forecast for tonight and it doesn't look great... 1 degree with ice pellets. Yuck! Here is a photo I took this evening when I picked up Julie from work. Hopefully the tulips will perk up to look their best when the weather warms up later on this week.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the gorgeous picture. I plan to bring my 70yr old mum (who loves Tulips) to Ottawa but she can only make it in the 2nd week of June. Do you know if we will be able to see anything then? Where should we go to visit?

Friday, April 11, 2008 2:07:00 PM  
Blogger John W. MacDonald said...

Canadian Tulip Festival is May 2 to 19, 2008.

So, you're pushing your luck to see any tulips in bloom by the time you want to visit Ottawa.

However...the National Capital Commission plants other equally pretty flowers/plants in the tulip's place once they lose their blooms.

Ottawa's such a pretty place to visit in early summer and you really can't go wrong anytime.

Saturday, April 12, 2008 7:02:00 PM  
Blogger John W. MacDonald said...

look here for some tourist ideas!

http://www.tulipfestival.ca/en/index.php

Saturday, April 12, 2008 7:02:00 PM  

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