The photos in Part 1 were all taken in the contained, concentrated display area with intensive planting. Part 2 photos are from the surrounding areas, more spread out, with views of fields and sky. Because tulips are a rotated crop, the tulip bulbs for harvest are planted in different fields on a three year rotation basis. This year the growing fields were somewhat distant to the display garden, and while it was possible to walk to them, and many visitors did, we did not. So this year, no photos of long rows and rainbow stripes of tulip color, but with this second photo dump, you probably won't miss them.
The Skagit Valley is a beautiful place. Although the clouds obscured the snowcapped Mt Baker this day, the sky itself was, and often is, one of the stars of the show.
A salute to the University of Washington Huskies.
Fancy Narcissus / daffodils
Tulip fields in the distance, clover cover crop in the foreground. Clover is plowed under to enrich the soil and restore nitrogen.
While that's the end of the tulip tour, it wasn't the end of our day in the valley. We had to go to Christianson's Nursery of course, but I limited my photo impulses there. Next post.