What with our very cool spring, I haven't seen many tulips blooming in the great outdoors as yet, but the 25th annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is currently happening about ninety minutes south of here.
We have been down to see the fields of tulips on several occasions, and would recommend it to anyone who lives nearby. My pic's are from yesteryear...but I'll post them in anticipation of the 2008 fields of colour.
Daffodils can brighten up any dull day!
There are several show gardens in the area, where one can stroll about and actually learn something about the amazing tulips. We did just that...learned a lot...and I've forgotten it all by now!
The Skagit Valley area has been famous for growing tulip bulbs for over one-hundred years...the beautiful fields of blooms are just a side-benefit. Since these are not display gardens but working farms, the workers are busy in the fields throughout the blooming season.
There is nothing like a field awash in colour to brighten a dreary day! It gives new meaning to the quote...
Earth laughs in flowers. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson