Spring Has Sprung!

100_0212The tulips are done and the rhodies, azaleas, and lilacs are in bloom!

Rhodie & lilacs1Spring is probably the best time of year in the Pacific Northwest because it comes early. When I lived in Montana, winter seemed to last forever and spring was slow in making an appearance. I hear Montana and North Dakota have recently had more snow.

So here are some photos to give you hope! Spring is on the way, honest!Azalea

I love this peach-colored azalea. It literally glows on those cloudy, rainy days. I almost don’t need the sun with this bush outside my window. (Well, maybe that’s not quite accurate!)

Published in: on May 10, 2009 at 1:01 am  Comments (5)  
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Tulip Time

tulips-2Skagit County, Washington, is famous for its tulips, and we celebrate during the entire month of April. This year, with unseasonably cold weather, the colorful blooms have not yet burst forth, but the bright sunny daffodils are braving the cool temps.

Events include art shows, bike tours, salmon feeds, wine tastings,  street fairs, and of course walks among the acres of red, pink, yellow and purple tulips.

Skagit tulips originated with Dutch settlers and Mary Brown Stewart began raising bulbs for seed production in 1906. By 1997, 700 acres were used for bulb farming, with a value of $42 million, and were being exported wordl-wide, including back to Holland. The number of acres has decreased to about 300 today.

There is the story of a woman living in Skagit Valley who had placed an order for some special tulip bulbs from Holland. She eagerly awaited the shipment, but the weeks went by and the bulbs did not arrive. She contacted a columnist at a Seattle newspaper who checked out consumer complaints. A couple of days later, he called the woman back to say the Holland bulb company was extremely apologetic about the delay. They were waiting for their shipment of that bulb from Skagit County!

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Published in: on April 3, 2009 at 12:12 am  Comments (4)  
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