Braving the strong wind and heavy rain today, Bob Fleming preps his flower beds for the pallet of tulip bulbs arriving on Friday. Last year he planted 7800 bulbs and he is increasing that number by a few hundred for this year. (Keri Coles/Oak Bay News)

‘The Tulip House’ goes for new record

Last year Bob Fleming planted 7800 tulip bulbs in his garden. This year he is increasing that number by a few hundred.

Bob Fleming proves that exceptional things come from hard work, grit, and perseverance.

Braving the strong wind and heavy rain today, Fleming preps his flower beds for the pallet of tulip bulbs arriving on Friday.

‘The Tulip House’ on the corner of Beach and Dalhousie in Oak Bay, is famous among locals and a wonderment to tourists.

Last year, Fleming planted 7800 tulip bulbs. This year he is increasing that amount by a few hundred and planting 15 different varieties.

The spectacular bloom in April will be Fleming’s sweet reward for working through today’s miserable conditions.

keri.coles@oakbaynews.com

oak bayTulip House

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

‘We’re running out of options’: Victoria looks to other municipalities to help shelter homeless

Victoria Curling Club, Crystal Pool ruled out as options for the 250 people remaining outside

VIDEO: Man breaks up Saanich road rage fight

Two men were throwing punches on Tillicum Road

Mental Health: A look at a fractured system

In this special series, Black Press Media reporters share stories from across Greater Victoria

Saanich Peninsula Hospital to host new COVID-19 testing facilities

It is not clear yet when they will go into action

‘We will get through this’: B.C. sees new COVID-19 death, but 57% have recovered

A total of 1,066 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus

POLL: Will you be able to make your rent or mortgage payment this month?

With the COVID-19 delivering a devastating blow to the global economy, and… Continue reading

Couple celebrates 61st anniversary through Vancouver Island seniors’ home window

Frank and Rena Phillips marked occasion at Nanaimo Seniors Village this week while social distancing

A look at some of the B.C. inventors creating life-saving tools in fight against COVID-19

Groups across B.C. are working together to create what they hope will help people affected by the pandemic

Association launches French-language games, online tools for families learning at home

Games, culture and vocabulary included in new virtual resources

‘There can be no ambiguity’: Travellers brought home to B.C. must self-isolate

Health Minister Adrian Dix said the mandatory isolation must be abided by

Belle from ‘Beauty and the Beast’ entertains home-bound kids in Cowichan Bay

Alora Killam, 16, played the part in musical two years ago

55+ BC Games cancelled amid COVID-19 concerns

Greater Victoria set to host 2021 event

BC Hydro offers three-month bill ‘holiday’ for those affected by COVID-19

Industrial customers can defer half of their power bills

Most Read