The Skagit Valley in northwestern Washington state grows more bulbs commercially than the Netherlands does, and the results in the spring are rather spectacular.
My friend Loralee and I made the tulip festival there our annual birthday jaunt yesterday, and I wanted to share some photos I took.
The first thing we actually saw wasn’t tulips. It was a huge flock of snow geese, out in an empty field chowing away:
Then, a couple of miles later, we found tulip fields:
After a pleasant waterfront lunch of fish and chips in the rather touristy town of LaConner, we went to the display gardens at Roozengaarde, which I think is the biggest bulb grower in the valley. At any rate, they’ve got some seriously spectacular display gardens:
It was a beautiful day, and there were lots of us there enjoying it. I’m glad we went on a weekday, though, because I suspect the weekends are pretty much a zoo.
But, oh, it was pretty, and my eyes are happy, and it’s officially spring.