Every year in Ottawa, the Tulips Festival marks the return of warmth and longer daytime (and the moment when, in theory, you can finally wash and put your winter jacket away). Trust me, it’s a relief to see some colours and green grass after months of living in a snowy landscape.

I realize this may sound funny to the rest of the world… but tulips draw crowds here! I am not particularly into flowers (and I don’t have a green thumb, I can’t grow shit but a kid apparently) and even I enjoy the festival.

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9 Comments

  1. Martin Penwald May 20, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Nice pictures, nice flowers. Thinking of that, it is not very common to see big fields of flowers in Canada.

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    1. Zhu May 20, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      That’s true! The country is too wild for flowers.

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  2. Holly Nelson May 20, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Gorgeous pictures! The tulips are I full bloom here too – we even have one in our front garden, not sure how it got there, I share your talent for destroying all green things!

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    1. Zhu May 20, 2014 at 5:03 pm

      I don’t even dare to plant flowers with Mark…. they won’t last long!

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  3. I Say Oui May 20, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Looks like heaven. Maybe this will go on my list of places to go.

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  4. Dennation May 21, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Every year I can count on you to post about the Tulip Festival and showcase your tulip photos.

    I personally love the Tulip Festival because it coincides with one of my favourite times of year. I love Ottawa during the months of May, June, September and October. The rest is just… either too hot or too cold.

    I wish I could have been there this year, but helas May is never an easy time to come for me or my husband.

    Believe me, I can’t grow anything either. When I was six years old my brother and I planted two seeds in my grandmother’s yard. I did everything my grandmother told me to do to get that plant out, but nothing. My brother’s plant grew really high, though, and he never let me forget it. I still remember that time all these years later. Oh well, I guess I have other talents.

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    1. Zhu May 21, 2014 at 10:12 am

      I don’t mind what most people in Ottawa consider “too hot”, hot and humid weather doesn’t bother me. I do mind long winters, though. I’m not particularly into flowers but the Tulips Festival is kind of a milestone, to finally see green grass and leaves in the trees is a relief. Believe it or not, everything only bloomed about ten days ago, the trees were still bare before!

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      1. Dennation May 21, 2014 at 6:41 pm

        Oh, yeah, I would take livable hot weather over those long, cold winters!

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        1. Zhu May 21, 2014 at 9:03 pm

          Amen sister!

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