As a member of Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus Ohio, I often visit during the winter so that I can soak up a little false summer when all is cold and gray outside. In the early spring, they also have a butterfly display which I thoroughly enjoy. But somehow I never managed to visit during tulip season until this very year. That was a big mistake on my part!
It was actually a very gloomy day when I visited, but it didn't matter one bit. The tulips were so colorful that it was like having sunshine on the ground.
I did pop in to see the butterflies, but for once, my love of butterflies took a back seat to the tulips. I took a few hasty pictures, then wandered back outside.
Perhaps this was a good way to get mentally prepared for the beauty that is the Tulip Time Festival in Holland Michigan. If you haven't been to it, you should. But you can always substitute the Franklin Park Conservatory here in Columbus, because it's pretty good too! One thing though, don't be surprised if you see more tulips here after I visit Holland...