Every April, the county where in live in Washington state celebrates the advent of spring with a Tulip Festival. It runs the entire month, but the flowers come up and bloom in their own time. This year they were on the early side, with the large fields in full bloom just before the official start of the festival on April 1.
By mid month, the flowers in the fields were topped (by hand).
My favorite tulip viewing garden is about a half hour’s drive away, and is hand planted every year with about a million bulbs. It’s an amazing sight to behold with the incredible variety of tulips and other spring bulbs. The different colors, sizes, petal shapes and configurations are mind-blowing. Most of these are not fragrant, but a very few are. I think the only tulips I don’t care for are the fringed petal ones. They just seem weird to me.
Because the area has become so very popular with the help of the internet and social media, traffic to see these flowers can be a bit of a nightmare. I chose a Monday later afternoon, when the crowds were thin, to indulge my love of photographing nature. Enjoy a handful of my favorite shots.
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Do you have a favorite flower? Do you prefer selecting a flower based on how it looks, or its fragrance?
Definitely how it looks although I am very partial to fragrant Spanish Broom. As a young one I remember going to the Annual Puyallup Daffofil Festival. Where in WA are these beautiful tulips?
These ones are a bit north, in Skagit County.
Not surprising; a beautiful part of an equally beautiful state. Thanks for the info.
So beautiful and so fleeting, Susan! 🙂
Enjoy! There is something special about spring flowers coming up, knowing they won’t be around for long, and yet signaling the end of winter and the promise of Earth coming back to life.
Oh wow!! Bless your heart for sharing this eye candy with us. Breathtaking! 🙂
Enjoy! The day I went to the garden, I took a few hundred photos. So many pretty ones, but these caught my eye the most. By the time I left, I was floating in peace.
Beautiful Captures 🙂 I love pretty much everything fauna and flora and enjoy photographing it too. Happy Weekend – Enjoy!
Breathtaking! I want to frolick!!
I uber-adore tulips, the quintessential spring flower in my opinion. Hard for me to choose a favorite flower, though. I think they’re all gorgeous! Those pics are amazing!
Thanks. I particularly love fragrant spring flowers like lilacs, lily of the valley, and hyacinths.
Wow! Gorgeous beyond belief (the tulips and your photos!). I think I’d want to lay down in the middle of the field and just daydream:). I am soon to plant poppies and peony poppies. A bit late, I know–but fingers crossed.
Oooo. Poppies and peony poppies. Sounds lovely! I don’t have a lot of flowers at my place because it would be a battle to keep them from becoming lunch for a slug, deer, rabbit, or other bug. Rhodies are now in bloom though.
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Reposting this because it’s tulip time here in the valley. And due to circumstances beyond my control, I don’t know if I’ll be able to get over to the gardens and fields for tulip photos this year. Enjoy!
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