Monday, April 25, 2011

Tulips in Hibiya and Hyde Parks

Modeled after a European public garden, Hibiya Park is one of the oldest parks in the city. I love to come here, especially in the spring when there is always something in bloom. When we visited the other day, tulips were everywhere.

All different colors. Many different shapes and sizes. And the park was teaming with people, some picnicking, some painting and some promenading, just like us.

My mother loved tulips so much. In due course she turned the front lawn in Hyde Park into a magnificent tulip patch that people stopped to admire every spring.

Naturally, tulips were the flowers of choice at our wedding. My mother ordered a huge quantity of the potted flowers -- all yellow -- to decorate the house. Afterwards, she painstakingly transplanted each one outside. And for years after that they bloomed again each spring. A nice memory.

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