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March 20, 2014 at 12:37 PM

It’s officially spring, and Skagit Valley is officially full of daffodils

Celebrate spring with a visit to Skagit Valley daffodil fields. (archive photo by Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times)

Celebrate spring with a visit to Skagit Valley daffodil fields. (archive photo by Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times)

Happy first day of spring (which began at 9:57 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time on Thursday).

If you need a life-affirming outing that will truly convince you it’s spring, head for the Skagit Valley, where daffodil fields are near full bloom, according to the official bloom map on www.tulips.com, the website for Mount Vernon-based Washington Bulb Co., among the world’s largest growers of flower bulbs. The firm grows more 1,000 acres of flowers.

Tulips are still a ways off, though they might be blooming in time for the April 1 beginning of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, the website reports.

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