Friday, April 20, 2018

Skagit Valley Tulips

The Skagit Valley in northwestern Washington State is one of the major tulip and daffodil bulb producing regions in the world. In April people flock the The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival,  and aside from the rainbow fields scattered around the valley, the premier viewing place is Roozengaard Display Gardens. 

After driving up Whidbey Island, over Deception Pass, and traversing Fidalgo Island, we had crossed over the Swinomish Channel, we had arrived at the Skagit Valley, where we spent two wonderful hours at Christianson's Nursery, as I showed you in the last post.

Now it was time for some serious tulip viewing. But it was well past 1:00, so we took time for some lunch first. 

When we're out exploring, we don't do fancy. :-)

OK, get ready for a photo dump!

 New this year is the use of Crown Imperial Fritillarias. 

There will be plenty of blooms yet for next weekend. 
 Princess Irene tulips!

 These fringed tulips were very intriguing. 



 Not just doubles, but triples.


 Bulb fields are rotated each year, so it's only about every three years that we have growing fields right behind the display garden. It's the best!


 Expecting muddy field conditions after days of rain, we were prepared, with our Muck Boots on.
Here we go, into the fields.


 Back in the display garden. 

 A Muscari (Grape hyacinth) Seahawk!

We didn't spend much time in the gift shop. We were color saturated and beauty satiated. There is another great visitor place, Tulip town, but we didn't need it.  We were ready to move on, but not to quit. We had more exploring to do!


  1. So many absolutely gorgeous Tulips ( and grape Hyacinths, which I have no trouble growing and they spread nicely).

  2. Wow, breathtakingly beautiful.

  3. This is what you call ODing on tulips. I'm surprised at some of the colors out there.

  4. Seems like this display gets more beautiful every year! One of these years, things won't be so crazy in April and we'll make the time to drive up and experience this in person. Until then, I truly enjoy visiting vicariously with you!

  5. I went yesterday with a friend, and we were really inundated with people on a Friday. Although we got there early, it was hard to find pictures that weren't inundated with people. But the tulips were so, so worth it! :-)

  6. Wow, all that color is almost a senses overload. When you leave there the rest of the world must seem really drab.

  7. The gardens and fields are spectacular!

  8. WOW!!! Putting that blue/purplish planting alongside some of the tulip patches made it pop! Absolutely beautiful place, mahalo for sharing!

  9. Gorgeous design and colour. Great photos.

  10. This is just unbelievable to me! How that many tulip bulbs, and so many varieties, can be planted and bloom so perfect at the right time. Your pictures are beautiful.

  11. So very beautiful!! Thank you for going, looks like you picked a great day! :)

  12. You could produce lots of jigsaw puzzles with your photos!!!


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