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29 April 2007

Tiptoe-ing through the Tulips

Oh, I know I promised to focus this blog a bit more on design and business, but I thought you might like to see the glorious tulip fields in the Skagit Valley area of Washington, about sixty miles north of Seattle.

Some Dutch settlers realised early on that the area was perfect for growing tulips and set about creating acres of tulip fields. Washington State now ships tulips to the whole of the US.

The tulip festival goes on for the whole of April but we hadn't been able to make it until now due to bad weather, and our trips to England and to Portland last weekend.  Though most of the fields were already cut down, we were lucky enough to enjoy the most incredible Spring day and the remaining fields and showgardens were dazzling, as the sun shone through the petals.


There are more photos on my Flickr if you want to check them out.


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I am so glad you made it up to the Skagit Valley at this time of year, and glad that you didn't miss all of the tulips. Your pictures are lovely. Did you see Mt. Baker? It looks like the clouds may have obscured it, but it looms over the valley like Mt. Rainier in Seattle.

I don't think we saw Mt Baker. A few snow-covered peaks were peeking through here and there, but nothing that can be described as 'looming', which was surprising as we had a pretty good view of Rainier coming back on the I5.

Yum, tulips my favourite Spring flowers

These are so gorgeous... I adore this time of year!

Whose pretty Arabian is that?

Very, very nicely done!

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