A Perfect Crop - Tulips in the spring garden at the edge of Veteran's Park, at the foot of Mississaga Street along Orillia's waterfront. Orillia, Ont.
Tulip bulbs spring forth with new blooms every year, and although they seem carefree, bulbs are not carefree ... not really.
To keep bulbs healthy and producing vigorous blooms each year, One must dig them up every few years and separate off the baby bulbs and replant in separate places. Discard damaged bulbs before replanting, and check the soil beneath the bulbs. It may need invigorated before replanting.
Some bulbs may need treated with special bulb dusts.
Along Mississaga Street in Orillia one can find many flowering trees on the front lawns of the old homes that line the street. Apple blossoms are plentiful during the spring. Orillia, Ont.
Yellow coreopsis grown in an Orillia garden (this was from one of the garden spaces in my own backyard on Mississaga St). The bright yellow flowers sit on delicate stalks that sway in the wind blowing up Mississaga Street from the lake.
Orillia - Veteran's Park. One of the gardens in Veteran's Park showing off it's spring display of bulbs - tulips and hyacinth cover this garden in spring.
These are just one of the types of tulips the medical centre has planted, and their spring gardens are planted in such a way that that they grow with companion plants, making for a constant display of colour throughout the spring season.
We used to live right next door, so watching the gardens from season to season was a regular habit. I will admit, there were times very early in the morning as the sun was coming up that I'd find myself crawling through the damp dew of the medical center gardens and picking of weeds that I felt marred their look.
Sometimes you just can't help yourself ... and it's not like I didn't have enough garden to look after myself but, when you appreciate something ... well, sometimes you can't stop yourself from reaching out and just picking off that one week, you know? If you aren't a gardener, you might not "get" it, but anyone who has a love of gardening and the results you see from your work in the garden will definitely understand that.
A pretty spring garden at the side of the old library on Mississaga Street in downtown Orillia. Since the old building has been demolished the new garden areas are quite different and still new, so after a year or two of maturity, I'll be toddling down to see what they're like. The first year was rather bare - things were planted of course, but perennials and bulbs take time to reach maturity and to produce lush greenery and profuse flowers.
A row of bridal veil spirea along the edge of the Obrien Street Medical Clinic, at the corner of Mississaga and Obrien Streets.
Another view of the spring garden at Veteran's Park on Orillia's waterfront, this one showing a display of dark purple hyacinth.
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