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Friday, April 1, 2016

Tulip Time #2 - Tulip Town

There are two major commercial enterprises in the Skagit Valley that charge admission fees for up close and personal viewing of the tulips, RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town.  As you saw in the last post, RoozenGaarde does an extensive display garden. Some years there are planted fields adjacent to the display gardens and sometime the growing fields are scattered in other locations. Bulb crops are rotated every year on a three or more year rotation.

Tulip Town doesn't have the extensive displays and has a bit more of a circus atmosphere, but they always seem to have growing fields located very near to their facility. This year they were right next to the parking lot. Because we did not get out into the fields in other locations, we paid our fee for the opportunity here. The results were spectacular. 



With the top layer of the heavy soil dried out, we were able to walk around the whole field, taking photos as we went. Each progression reveals another color of the tulip rainbow.






Pickers were out in the field cutting buds for the cut flower market. They do it sparingly enough to not impact the "show".






Tom used his phone for some closeups. 
As we swung around to the back side of the field the mountains were once again our backdrop. 







Skagit County produces more tulip, daffodil and iris bulbs than any other county in the country. The bulbs are an important crop in the agricultural region. 

And we are fortunate here to be so close by and to have the pleasure of watching them bloom and grow. I pay them back by ordering my bulbs from them each year. Ours are blooming too!

17 comments:

  1. What amazing photos (and amazing tulips!!) Many years ago we drove to see the tulips at La Conner.

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  2. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!! It is almost as good as being there! :)

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  3. Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! I will have to go down later and show these photos to mom. Sigh.... She still talks about the incredible time she had in the Pacific Northwest last year. She couldn't get over how beautiful it all was.

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  4. You'd need sunglasses looking at these tulips. We can't imagine fields of tulips here.

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  5. thanks for the tour, just beautiful!

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  6. You certainly took us on a beautiful tour. Many thanks for sharing.

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  7. So many colors. You are lucky indeed to be so near a sight such as that.

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  8. Oh, my goodness! It's almost overwhelming! I'd love to see it in person someday! XO

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  9. Wowie Zowie! I wish we had gone to Tulip Town but since we didn't, I got your fabulous pictures as a consolation prize. Just love these pictures, Linda. :-)

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  10. Every single photo is absolutely breath-taking. Can only imagine what these scenes are like in person.

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  11. I think these may be even prettier than the first pictures. It is unbelievable to see that many tulips in bloom.

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  12. Tulips and mountains, can it get any better? I hope the people who work there don't get immune to the beauty.

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  13. So beautiful. That might go on our bucket list!

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  14. Lovely, lovely pics. We have our own tulip gardens in Woodland, but they're much smaller. It looks like you've had wonderful weather for your flower excursions.

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  15. Another good reason to visit the Pacific North West.
    Gorgeous colors!

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  16. It's too bad I live so close and still can't see these. Well worth the trip I'm sure.

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  17. So beautiful. One of these years, I'll get up there to see this again!

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