Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Fields of Gold (and Pink)

We are fortunate to live less than an hour south of the lush Skagit Valley, with its charming farms, rural atmosphere and, oh yes, a daffodil or tulip or two!

The world famous Skagit Valley Tulip Festival runs from April 1 - 30 but the early spring has caused the tulip growers to open their fields and display gardens a week early. As they say on the Festival website "Bloom Dates According to Mother Nature", and she is certainly in a hurry this year.

I went up there this morning, to avoid the crowds and take advantage of a sunny day. The daffodil fields were at their peak, glowing in golden waves across the valley.

Only one tulip field at Roozengaarde was in bloom but the rest are not far behind. If you plan to go, I recommend the earlier part of April, instead of the later part, which was the time to go for the two previous years.

If you can't make it, you can still tiptoe through the tulips in our extensive image gallery!

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