It's almost the end of April, and I still haven't written about our Spring break adventures earlier this month. Sorry for being a little distracted lately - I am getting ready to share good news with you soon, but for now let me continue sharing our day trips.
April is a tulip month here, in the State of Washington. If you happen to be here any time during April, make sure you visit our famous Skagit Valley Tulip Festival - and if you happen to live here, I am sure you know what I'm talking about, and you most probably share my enthusiasm. Justin, Anya and I visited Roozen Gaarde, founded by William Roozen, an immigrant from Holland, in the mid-century (last century, though his family have been known for growing tulips since 1700s). Mr Roozen's dream of growing tulips in the valley of Skagit River, where soil is very similar to the one in his homeland, not only came true, but his company became the largest bulb producer in the US!
All the photos are taken either by Justin or by Anya - they both felt inspired by the sea of blooming tulips of all colors of the rainbow. You can see Mount Baker behind the fields (photo above) - the third highest mountain in Washington, an active volcano and one of the snowiest places in the world. Will you come and wander with me through these beautiful fields of not gold, but tulips? (Beautiful song, nevertheless.)
It was a warm and sunny day in early April, and it felt nice to get ice-cream cones after all. I also visited the market place and purchased a few bunches of colorful tulips to decorate our home (cut tulips stay in a vase for one week) and a pot of tulips which bloomed for two weeks, and will be planted in my garden next Fall, so I can see them again next year, if I do it right.
There are a few photos of the garden itself - a beautifully landscaped area with myriads of exotic tulips, some of which don't even look like tulips at all! You can order them to plant in your own garden.
Skagit Tulip Festival - http://www.tulipfestival.org
Roozen Gaarde - http://www.tulips.com
Photos by Justin and Anna
Denim shirt - Eloquii
(my first purchase from this brand; seems good quality and runs true to size)
Linen pants - Old Navy
Sandals - Merrell
Necklace - Lane Bryant
Hat - I left it at home!!
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