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2019 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

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!

Easter Tulips

Easter weekend I was sicker than I have been in a long time, and spent most of the weekend in bed, either asleep or feeling too congested, dizzy and/or nauseous to sleep.  I did manage to take a few hours to go with a friend to the Tulip Festival, and get some photos of the flowers.  It was my one outing for the weekend, and it left me absolutely exhausted, but it is the one time of year where you can get these amazing tulip photos, so I didn’t want to miss out!  Luckily, I am on the mend now, but am still not feeling fully well.  I am fortunate to live in such a beautiful place!

And, just for fun, a photo of me with longer hair, as I have been growing it out for several months now.

 

Happy weekend!

 

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Jon and I took some time on Saturday to make a trip down to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.  If you are from this area, you either love it or you hate it – or some of both.  Because although the flowers are beautiful, and make for some excellent photo opportunities, they also produce some of the worst traffic jams north of Seattle.

Jon and I got there before lunchtime, and while we did experience some traffic back up as we made our way out to the fields, it was ten times worse for the poor folks that we saw heading out on our way back.  A line of cars several miles long.

We visited RoozenGaarde, a family farm that was founded by Dutch immigrants William and Helen Roozen in 1955.  It has grown from a 5 acre farm to over 2,000 acres in the Skagit Valley, with about 1,000 acres dedicated to the production of tulips, daffodils, and irises.  Fun fact: Even though the Skagit Valley is famous for its tulips, there are actually more daffodils grown there!

The RoozenGaarde display garden is 3.5 acres, and each year it is planted with an incredible 1/4 million bulbs – tulips, daffodils and muscari.  ONE QUARTER MILLION!  It makes my back hurt just thinking about it!

I would love to have a garden full of tulips, but unfortunately the resident deer that do the rounds of my yard each day would be thanking me for the appetizers long before any tulip blooms appeared.  Sigh…  So, I will just have to enjoy the flowers in the display garden.  I hope you enjoy them too!

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