Skagit Valley Daffodil Fields

March 24, 2013

Skagit Valley daffodil field

Skagit Valley daffodil field

Washington’s Skagit Valley is well known for its tulip fields and the tulip festival which runs during the month of April.  But the bulb farmers there also plant fields of daffodils, which are coming into bloom right now.  One of the big growers, Roozengaarde, makes a bloom map available online each year.  It’s updated almost daily to show which fields of daffodils and tulips are currently in bloom.

Old weathered barn next to daffodil field, Skagit Valley

Old weathered barn next to daffodil field, Skagit Valley

Old barn with daffodils

Old barn with daffodils

Following the bloom map will take you past scenes like these.  It’s pretty spectacular, even on a rainy day.  My Midwest mind is always tickled by seeing fields of bouquet flowers rather than corn, soybeans, and oats.

Mud in the daffodil fields

Mud in the daffodil fields

Daffodil in the Roozengaarde display garden

Daffodil in the Roozengaarde display garden

Old shed with daffodils

Old shed with daffodils

Nodding buds and blooms

Nodding buds and blooms

Daffodils from the Roozengaarde display garden

Daffodils from the Roozengaarde display garden

Daffy Down Dilly
by Alice C. D. Riley

Dear little Daffy-down-dilly
First flow’r of the spring,
Dancing away with the breezes,
Gladness and sunshine you bring.

Daring the cold of the March winds,
Braving the forests and the snows,
Filling the woods with your glory,
Loveliest flow’r that blows.

Watercolor sketch of daffodils

Watercolor sketch of daffodils

 

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4 Responses to “Skagit Valley Daffodil Fields”

  1. Chris Says:

    Gorgeous photos today, especially of the weathered barn and shed! And love your sketch of the daffs! I planted over 100 of them last fall and I’m in daffodil heaven right now! 🙂
    PS. They have the netting over the peonies to encourage straight stems! Who knew?

  2. shoreacres Says:

    When I was at the grocery store yesterday, they had bins and barrels and boxes of daffodils – at $1.99 per bunch. I believe I’m going to stop by today and pick some up. Maybe I’ll get some from your neighborhood!

  3. eremophila Says:

    Daffodils have a special place in my heart, for many reasons, one of them being my father’s love of William Wordsworth poem about them. We would recite the words together. I am charmed by the verse by Alice, previously unknown to me. Jonquils of course I adore for their perfume, and yet, while bereft of scent, the daffy holds her own anywhere 🙂


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