The Ottawa Tulip Festival begins this weekend, with the sad reality that there are few tulips to be seen. Just like humans, the tulips have been reluctant to poke their heads out into the the rain and cold of this spring. But, since it’s really a spring festival and since the weather promises to be very very fine this weekend, the event will go ahead. Besides, the festivities go on for several weeks, and there will soon be tulips aplenty, just as in these two photos from two years ago.
It really a spring festival with lots of events other than gazing at pretty flower beds for weeks on end. There are lectures, concerts, displays, cookouts and whatnots. Unfortunately, Cuppa and I will have to pass on the inaugural Tulip Ball this year. At only $250 per person, we would like to attend and take several of our friends with us, but our own garden awaits. With the weather looking good for the weekend, it’s time to get out and do some preparatory work, even if it’s a wee bit early to do any planting. We have done some cleanup already, but there’s more work to be done.
Actually, I shouldn’t be blogging about the festival at all because we really have had little to do with it over the years, but it’s a way to let my legion of avid followers know that the old guy is still kicking. When I say legion of followers, I do mourn the fact that so many bloggers have left this medium in favor of Facebook and the like. Don’t get me wrong: I’m also on Facebook, but it’s hardly a replacement for taking a few minutes every week to post something with just a bit of substance — unlike this post. 🙂
Have a great weekend!