Ever since I began visiting the Tulips of the Valley Festival, about a 1.5 hour drive east of Vancouver, Canada, years ago, I have become enamoured with the rebel tulip. What exactly is a rebel tulip? It’s not a term you find in Wikipedia (not yet). Is it a tulip that has gone bad? Maybe one that indulges in too much tequila and fights with other tulips? Possibly a tulip that swears at you and gives you the finger, or, if I may, the petal, when you stand between rows too deep into the field while trampling on the flowers trying to get that perfect photo? Well, not really, although the latter would be justified!
My definition of the rebel tulip is one that is a little out of place. One that rises above or lurks below the crowd. The rebel is different than the others – colour, shape, size, or a combination of all of those. The rebel is resilient as many survive the Spring bulb harvest and subsequent Autumn planting. Some make their way into bins they shouldn’t before the fall planting. The rebel is not bad or evil, but certainly adds beauty to the fields of tulips. Finally, unlike some rebels, these tulip rebels brings peace.
You may say, “Randall, this is not a traditional way of presenting tulips!” Well, I don’t care, because I’m a bit of a rebel too. Now, please get really close to your computer, tablet, or smart phone screen and join me on my presentation of A Focus on the Rebels, Tulips of the Valley Festival 🙂
A bit of a contrast… With rebel tulips such as this brilliant orange one with the name of Oriental Splendor, contrast is all a part of standing out.
Often the rebels are not rising above the crowd, but lurking just below.
When staring at majestic Mount Cheam and the beauty of this scene, you may fail to see the rebels on the right.
Sometimes, there are a couple of tulip rebels. Here, the Zurel on the left along with an Oriental Splendor.
A focus on a Zurel against a sea of pink!
In this case, the rebels are an orange pair.
Along rows of red, rebel tulips standing out.
Let’s focus on one. The tulip here is Leen Van Der Mark (I believe).
A lovely rainbow of color, along with a few rebels too.
A single Kees Nelis above a field of yellow tulips.
Rebels rising as we look toward the north.
Let’s now turn around with rebels rising and lurking as we face Mount Cheam. I love this scene!
Tulip Synaeda King rising above a field of pink!
Depending on the light, sometimes, you have to look close to see the rebels. Here, tulip Leen Van Der Mark is blending in nicely with the Kees Nelis.
The orange rebel seems to be addressing the others, or perhaps, undressing in front of the others. I’m not sure.
I don’t know the name of this pink rebel, but I think she is quite pretty.
We may focus on the rebel in the center but there is also a yellow one lurking below.
A couple of rebels here amongst the Oriental Splendor.
Love this yellow / orange tulip above the sea of red.
How about red rebels above a field of purple and white?
Isn’t this rainbow of color beautiful? Of course, I focus on the orange rebel.
Looking toward the east on a lovely Spring day in the Fraser Valley of Canada.
This time a Kees Nelis tulip is rising above a sea of pink.
An Oriental Splendor and Zurel rising above.
The rebel tulips here are sure not hard to find!
One last look at the bright and brilliant Oriental Splendor.
I hope you enjoyed this post and didn’t get tired of the rebel tulips. If you missed it, please read my first post from these fields, A Rainbow of Colour – Tulips of the Valley Festival. Thanks for stopping by and all the best! 🙂
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