April 13, 2019, Skagit Valley, Washington
The Skagit Valley, just south of my home is one of the most productive agricultural areas in Washington. Specifically, for flowers. Even more specifically, for tulips and daffodils. Every spring, the tulip fields are awash in color as the beautiful flowers peek out through the soil. Every fall, these same fields are dug up, so the bulbs and their associated baby bulbs can be sorted; the bulbs large enough to flower are sold to people around the world who want beautiful tulips in their gardens. The rest are replanted to grow bigger!
There are two main growers in the Skagit Valley who have beautiful display gardens. In the spring, when the flowers are blooming, they charge an admission fee to see the gardens. They are gorgeous! Roozengaarde plants about a million bulbs each fall to create their display gardens, and each year the displays are different. Yes, you read that correctly – a million bulbs! In addition to the tulips, there are daffodils, narcissus, muscari and hyacinth.
Katy and I went down to see the gardens before continuing on to our other friend’s house further south. The weather was dark, rainy, freezing and windy, but we didn’t let that stop us from enjoying the bright pop of color! You can see in some of the photos just how windy it was. The gardens are planted to create patterns; stripes and waves, and there are always a few surprise features. This year it was the Seahawks football team logo! Enjoy the tour!
After our visit, we stopped at the Porterhouse Pub for a bite to eat. I had the salmon fish and chips and a cider, which were both absolutely delicious!