Neutral and I don’t jive. Beige makes me bonkers. Saturated colors please me. They permeate my knitting and quilting, gardening and home decor choices.
Yesterday I took a day-trip adventure. I visited some familiar quilting shops in Anacortes and planned a couple hikes on Fidalgo Island. A 35 minute ferry ride from Port Townsend to Coupeville and a 1 hour and change drive delivered me to fields of blooms for the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.
I chose Roozengarde, a family owned, HUGE bulb grower. They plant over 1,000,000 bulbs each year. In the fall, planned beds of bulbs are planted with 100+ types of tulips and 45+ other bulb types (iris, hyacinth, crocus, daffodil). The Spring Tulip Festival showcases them to the public.
Swathes of planned color fill manicured grounds.
You’ll see a trend in my photos, having a sweet spot for orange, purple and blue placed together.
Next to the fields, behind the “authentic Dutch windmill” who’s photo did not turn out, drifts of plantings soften the contrasting foothills horizon.
Fields of mass plantings are open for public perusal. An early, warm spring means I missed the daffodils. Bummer.
It’s striking. Mount Baker peeks up.
A chance to familiarize myself with different tulip varietals, I found I like the doubles as well as the single blooms. I think this one is called Angelique. Lovely!
The classic Singles are classified into early vs late blooming with heights specified in the catalog.
Queen of the Night. I think. Stunning!
Roman Empire – These remind me of the red and white tulips from my grandma’s garden. I loved ’em. They reminded me of peppermint candy.
These are called Fringed because the petals are, you guessed it, fringed.
Here, Ballerina is a lily flowering variety, the pointed petals point outward. They are on my order wish-list.
Muscari is the purple, short flower on the right. Scented so sweetly, it will be planted by the tulips I order for the fall.
I’ve circled daffodils, crocus, tulips and hyacinth in my catalog. The ordering deadline, for best selection, is August 31 for fall delivery or pick-up. Having some time to plan I’d ,like to map out some spots to naturalize with bulbs. The gardening bug’s bitten me, folks.
The festival is huge, many towns have special events, art fairs, runs. I saw a mere sliver. Next year I’d like to bike around it. It’s worth a trip if you’re in the area.