It seems that everywhere you turn there are tulips in bloom at the Garden...in every size, variety and color you can imagine. It's a feast for the eyes! Tulips happen to be a favorite flower and I never tire of photographing them.
The Crescent Garden tulips - all 26,000 of them in shades of purple and cream - are in full bloom now. I've been watching them for weeks and patiently waiting. Last year the lake was drained as they were doing shoreline restoration and it was hard to get a good landscape shot of the beds. This year, we have the lake back again and I always love this view of the tulip beds with the yellow willows, blue sky and water in the background. Frequently you will see the swans on the far island. They must be nesting there this spring.
A few tulip portraits from around the Garden...
Another stunning garden full of tulips is the Circle Garden. This garden features a dancing fountain in the middle with four identical beds of spring tulips in pink and yellow, as well as beautiful combinations of annuals, scrubs and flowering trees. There are two "secret" gardens off to each side (in this photo, one is straight ahead).
Ironically, my favorite tulips this year are in the far parking lots and they are known as Tulipa 'Ad Rem.' They fill the dividers between the road and the lots. Stunning colors! I caught them as the early morning sun was backlighting them.
The tulips in the Sensory Garden are always unusual and beautiful in their color combinations. I plan to do a post dedicated to the Sensory Garden soon - it is probably my favorite garden within the garden, especially this time of year.
Lastly, tulips with raindrops are always fun to catch. These were taken very early in the morning after a night rain.