For the past couple of years, in late winter and early spring, Fethiye Belediyesi (Fethiye Council) have been planting thousands of daffodil and tulip bulbs in garden areas, parks and verges along the roadsides of the town. A couple of weeks ago, the first sproutings of spring appeared in the form of green shoots and right now, we're all being treated to a colourful festival of flowers.
Fethiye In Bloom
Last year's post, Fethiye Springtime Blooms, also featured pansies but tulips (lale in Turkish), the national flower of Turkey, are definitely the flower of choice in Fethiye for 2012.
Vibrant crimsons, sunny yellows, dazzling whites and dusky pinks crowd garden and park areas, providing perfect photo fodder for those of us who wander around with camera - I wasn't the only one crouching down in uncomfortable positions trying to get an interesting angle.
And it's not all tulips, tulips, tulips...
The springtime floral scene would just not be the same without the humble daffodil. They don't make as dramatic a scene as that of a multitude of tulips but they're still a comforting sight. The coming of the daffodil means we can now be safe in the knowledge that we've seen off the worst of the colder, winter Fethiye weather.
In a couple of weeks time, these vivid Fethiye scenes will be no more; the life of the tulip and the daffodil in bloom is short-lived. All the more reason to celebrate and appreciate them while they're here.
This post is our 600th blog post. We thought we would celebrate it with flowers.