Another colorful outdoor area is the "Idea Garden," where new varieties of flowers from
many horticultural producers are planted. In spring they are all daffodils and tulips,
about 120 plants of each variety, so visitors can see how they would look in their
"Private Eyes" was a red, pink, and white tulip.
Bed of "Private Eyes."
"Dutch Queen" is a variety named in honor of the Queen of Holland, House of Orange.
"Del Piero" was a striking purple and white variety.
"Del Piero Tulips." I liked them.
"Del Pieros" on a different day, early in the morning.
"Crown of Dynasty" was a lovely pink lily-shaped tulip.
"Peppermint Patty" red-and-white tulips.
"Golden Tango" was an early, short tulip with variegated leaves, which were
"Golden Tango" lily-shaped tulips.
A bed of "Golden Tango" tulips.
One of the varieties highlighted this year was "Daydream," which was also
by the entrance. Large flowers open bright yellow and in succeeding days turn
orange and then deeper orange.
A bed of "Daydream" tulips seen from above.
A bed of "Daydream" Tulips.
"Daydream Tulips" from above.
"Creme Upstar" were large tulips with white and yellow petals.
"Charming Beauty" were large, double, yellow tulips.
"Charming Beauty" double yellow tulips
"Van Eyck" Pink Tulips.
Beds of tulips in the "Idea Gardens."
"World's Favorite" - red tulip edged in yellow
"World's Favorite" Tulips
"Dream Catch Double Purple Tulip"
"Crispion Sweet." These were one of my favorites. Flowers are double and frilled, and the
stems are short. Flowers are white when they open, then gradually become pink over
a few days. Some open a deeper pink color.
"Crispion Sweet" double frilled pink tulips.
"Crispion Sweet" - double frilled pink tulip
"Rem's Favorite" large pink tulips.
"Yellow Mountain" double yellow tulips.
"Orange Princess" was named in honor of Princess Irene of the Netherlands, who
had stayed in Canada during the Second World War.
"Baronesse" was a lovely Early pink and white tulip with short stem.
"Purissima" was a beautiful large white tulip.
A bed of "Purissima." Notice how the petals open up in the afternoon sun and warmth.
"Nightshade" Tulips are nice to photograph with the sun shining through them.
"Dainty White" Early Tulips
"Gudoshnik"Tulips were a mixture of red, yellow, and orange.
"Marianne" Lily-shaped tulips were a big hit last year and so they planted several beds
again this year. Variegated, striped leaves are unusual.
A bed of "Marianne" Tulips.
"Marianne" Tulips from above.
"Orange Favourite" double tulips.
"Mariette Pink Tulips"
"Orange Cassini" had a touch of yellow along the edges.
"Galerie" fringed white tulip.
"Galerie" Fringed White Tulips
"Double Negri" dark purple double tulip
"Tequila Sunrise" tulip - yellow edged in red
"Orange Cassini" Tulips in one bed.