Photos: May 22, 2016 - One Rogue Tulip
The tulip display stems from the World War II. It was Canadian troops that liberated the Netherlands. In addition, Queen Juliana and her daughters spent part of the war in Canada. In fact, her youngest daughter was bort at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. The maternity ward was temporarily made part of international territory so that her baby would not be born as a Canadian, but would only get its citizenship from its mother - thus be born solely Dutch. In gratitude for their Canadian stay, the queen sent the first of an annual shipment of tulips to Ottawa.
It is impressive to see the big swathes of tulips in large beds.
You can see every variety of tulip from this hairy looking one...
to these double tulips that looks almost like roses.
The tulips, combined with the lilacs and many flowering trees makes for quite a spectacle.