Two Teens And Their Mama: Tiptoe Through The Tulips

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tiptoe Through The Tulips


Let's talk about tulips on this beautiful Earth Day.  They are one of my favorite flowers, and I am lucky enough to live only 30 miles from the Skagit Valley and the annual Tulip Festival. 

The Skagit Valley is the largest grower of tulips in the United States, and during the spring festival over 1/2 a million people visit to ooh and ahh over the 700 acres of colorful blooms. You have to be quick though - as soon as the festival is over, they top the blooms and all of those vibrant fields go back to green.

For many years we have joined the other 500,000 people, and let me tell you, it's crowded. This is a small valley with two lane farm roads.  The traffic jams can be horrific. It's not uncommon to have people stop in the middle of the road to hop out and take a quick picture.  If you visit the festival, you have to pack your patience.  Ah, but the tulips!




C and T with my Grandpa in 2002

If you would like to grow these beautiful flowers in your own yard, now is the time to order them. The Washington Bulb Co. has a wonderful on line catalog, and they will ship the bulbs direct to you in the fall when it's time to plant.

Happy Earth Day!

8 comments:

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    1. Thank you! The tulips are so pretty it's hard to take a bad picture.

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  2. The tulips look well worth the wait...so beautiful! You got some great pictures for memories from what looks like a wonderful way to spend an afternoon!

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    1. Thank you for the nice comment. It is a long drive but definitely worth it once you get to the fields.

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  3. I just love tulips! This reminds me of being in Amsterdam during tulip season! Beautiful!

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    1. I would love to visit Amsterdam! Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. My favorite flower! I can't imagine 700 acres of them! Thanks for sharing the photos!

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    1. They really are breathtaking. Then they chop all their heads off :(

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