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April 16, 2014 at 8:50 PM

It’s confirmed: Tulips are blooming in the Skagit Valley

The tulips are in full bloom in the Skagit Valley, in case you weren’t sure. Here are a couple of photos I took on Tuesday on a drive through the valley. Skagit Valley Tulip Festival events continue through the end of April. This was the message online Wednesday from Washington Bulb Co., which owns most…


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March 20, 2014 at 12:37 PM

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

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, the website for Mount Vernon-based Washington…


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April 23, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Catch the last of tulip time, with a “Secret Garden” bonus

Don't drive on the tulips (and please don't eat the daisies): Even on a drippy day last Friday, this tulip field off Best Road, just north of McLean Road, was  dazzling. (photo by Brian J. Cantwell/The Seattle Times)

Don’t drive on the tulips (and please don’t eat the daisies?): The view was dazzling even on a drippy day last Friday at this Skagit Valley tulip field (Field 8) off Best Road, just north of McLean Road. (photo by Brian J. Cantwell/The Seattle Times)

Coming up is the final weekend of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, and my weekend drive through the valley found some tulip fields still brilliant with blooms. But don’t wait long if you want to see them.

My first newspaper job was in Mount Vernon, back in the Cretaceous before the tulips had a festival, and there were days when we were the only gawkers stopped at the roadside to take pictures. But you might still experience that if you get up there on a weekday morning — and the sunny days this week would be a perfect time. From Seattle it’s just about an hour up the freeway.

Washington Bulb Co., the big grower, has already started cutting the tops off tulips in some fields — a necessary step in maturing the bulbs — but they’re saving several fields for as long as possible this week. See their bloom map for details on where to find blossoms. They also promise good blooms


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