Monday, April 11, 2016

Tulips, tulips, tulips

The Tulip Town windmill
It has been a couple of years since we visited the tulip fields in Skagit Valley.  The weather forecast for last week was sunny and warm so we decided to take a trip north to see the flowers.  The peak bloom was just passing but there were plenty of gorgeous brightly colored tuplips to see.  

Even though it was a weekday it was Spring Break for a lot of kids and the two larger tulip growers, Roozengaarde and Tulip Town, had crowds and packed parking lots even bus loads of people were arriving as we were.  Of the two Roozengaarde is the biggest with several formal garden displays in addition to the fields.  When we visited the year before last we went there and enjoyed it very much.  Thinking that the crowds might be less on a weekday at Tulip Town we chose to go there this time.  There were still lots and lots of people and the line of cars and buses waiting to park was long and slow but in the end the wait was well worth it.  On the way home we drove past Roozengaarde just to see if it was equally busy and noted that it was perhaps even more crowded.   

Can there be more fun than this?

The ground was muddy in places and while some, like this little girl above, were having a great time playing in the mud many others chose to ride the tractor or step around as many puddles as possible.  We had anticipated the mud and wore hiking boots but still tried to avoid the deeper puddles.  

Tulip Town Tractor Trolley

Bright vibrant colors greeted our eyes at every turn.  It was a dazzling display of Spring beauty and sweet perfume.  Bob estimated there were about 1 ½ million tulips in the large field arranged in rows of different colors.  The two or three small formal gardens were mixed with tulips, rhododendrons, azaleas, and hyacinths.  If we had gone a week or so earlier we would have found daffodils too but they were pretty much over by the time of our visit.  Enjoy the tulips . . .

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