The fields of flowers began to appear as the Dutch immigrants arrived in the 1950's. Is it possible that there are more acres of tulips under cultivation in Skagit County now than in all of Holland? The fields of flowers throughout the area are all privately owned...and closed to the public for most of the year. But during the month of April...we are invited to come and see!
It's been a rather wet and windy April so far...not ideal for tip-toeing through tulip fields...but perfect kite-flying weather...for sure! These kites stayed afloat with no effort during our entire visit to Tulip Town.
Though it may look as though we are touring a show garden...in reality it is a working farm. And the workers were hard at it when we passed by.
It's hard to pick a favorite!
One last stop for a group photo...and the rain began...serious rain!
We hurried to the indoor area...which includes a most informative display. Here we could find a name to go with any of those beautiful tulips we saw blooming out in the fields. They come with great names...like 'green emporer' or 'all that jazz'. For us...it was not so much about getting an education in growing tulips...as it was about experiencing the beauty of the fields in bloom...together with some great friends!
The earth laughs in flowers.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson