Tulip Festivals

Phyllis and Jon share photographs taken at the Tulip Festival.  Phyllis wrote, "The festival happens every spring in April, in the farmlands along the Skagit River, north of Seattle.  Mt. Baker is the mountain on the background. It has been cool lately so the daffodils were still blooming and the early and mid tulips were glorious.  Sometimes the color ran as far as I could see.
We visited two sites. Roosen Gaarde has been in the bulb business since 1700, bath here and in Holland.  The display gardens were wonderful, and acres of fields were also open, but quite muddy.  Boots would have been a help.  They also sell cut flowers and over 140 varieties of bulbs for the home gardener. 
Our other stop was at Tulip Town, smaller display gardens, but  acres of blooming tulips .  They sell cut  flowers, and we watched them harvest the stems with buds still closed for shipping. They also sell the bulbs, around 100 different varieties.  
Roosen Gaarde
Roosen Gaarde
Tulip Town
Tulip Town
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Tulip Town
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Roosen Gaarde
Tulip Town
Roosen Gaarde
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Tulip Town
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Roosen Gaarde
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Tulip Town
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Tulip Town
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Roosen Gaarde

A very special thank you to Phyllis and Jon for sharing.  I love it when I am told they are going on a trip!!!

Humble Earth Garden

This is what happens when passion and heart meet up with perseverance and hard work. What you see here is an 'eye' for the 'possibility' of creating something bordering on miraculous.  Welcome to the Humble Earth Garden. This special sanctuary is certified as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.  This is the creation of Monica, supported by her husband Steve and when possible her children.  It has about been in process for about 20 years.  Monica mentioned that she and Steve don't go out much.  They would rather stay home.  I understood.  I did not want to leave.

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Video taken by Steve Boutte.  Music was created in Garage Band.  The other videos are without sound.

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Tom and I were invited to see the garden.  There had been some very heavy rain before we arrived.  Nonetheless, the garden was spectacular.

Tom and I were invited to see the garden.  There had been some very heavy rain before we arrived.  Nonetheless, the garden was spectacular.

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Video created by Monica Boutte.

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Video created by Monica Boutte.

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Video created by Monica Boutte.

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Video created by Monica Boutte.

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Video created by Monica Boutte.

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Monica's garden shed.  Good night.

Monica's garden shed.  Good night.

Ranunculus, Ranunculus, Ranunculus

These are the shots from the Ranch at Carlsbad, CA. taken by both Jon and Phyllis. There are 50 acres of ranunculus, grown for cut flowers and seeds, but mainly for the tuberous roots, corms or rhizomes. They are on display from late March to Mothers day. The ranunculus is native to Asia Minor and is in the buttercup family (usually known as Persian Buttercup or Ranunculus Asiatic). The Ranch also has cymbidium orchids, master gardens, a rose garden, a sweet pea maze, and poinsettias. I was told that they did not keep track of who shot what, so I am giving credit collectively to 'Pardoll'.  Plus, they like giving me challenges.  They sent only 30 photos and want me to choose which ones to use.  You already know what I am going to do!  Exactly!!

A special thanks to the collective Pardoll.  I am waiting for rose flowers, sweet pea, more . . . For those who track this sort of thing, they use Nikon P610 cameras (very well).  While mom loved every post, she would take the time to call me on this one.  Flowers were something that really fascinated her.  Her favorite was the sweet pea!