For people taking part in the Court House Avenue tulip watch, it was a jarring sight.
Suddenly, there are no more tulips to watch.
City workers were removing the last of the yellow tulips from the downtown public space on Friday, because (and some may not believe this) it’s time to plant the summer flowers.
“The annuals are going in next week and they’re ready to go,” said city operations director Conal Cosgrove.
It’s nothing new, but it may seem different this year because the tulips never opened fully, despite downtown denizens eagerly watching for that moment to happen.
“The tulips were a little bit late this year,” said Cosgrove.
“Usually, the tulips are long done (by now) and so people are looking at them and saying: ‘Oh yeah, those are ready to come out.'”
Nonetheless, the removal of the tulips this year were a touchy subject for some: City workers on duty downtown Friday morning declined to appear in media.
The good news is that the tulips won’t be gone entirely.
Brockville Coun. Jeff Earle said over social media Friday that some of the flowers are being delivered to St. Lawrence Lodge and the palliative care service at Brockville General Hospital.
Among other people who will be snapping up the unearthed flowers is Brockville’s Communities in Bloom group.
Anne Barabash, chairwoman of Communities in Bloom Brockville, said the volunteers who ensured the city got five blooms in last year’s provincial competition, and who are readying this year’s provincial run, have ensured the group will get a number of those flowers.
The tulips were slow to bloom this year because of the colder spring weather, said Barabash.
Now, there’s a good chance some of them will pop up in different parts of the city.
“We’ve got a couple of ideas,” said Barabash, who did not want to go into too much detail about the group’s plans.
“They certainly won’t be scrapped.”