Tiptoeing through the Tulips

After one-and-a-half years living in and several visits to Washington State we never made it to Skagit Valley to see the tulips. It was one of probably hundreds of wonderful sights that we missed while in the States for nine years. To placate myself I convinced himself to visit ‘Tulipmania’ with me. He was less than enthusiastic. I wasn’t expecting much. Don’t you love it when things turn out so much better than you expected? If you like tulips, click to enlarge these pics. If you don’t, there are more exciting things below!

I’ve christened these tulips Gale Force Yellow: tulipmania 066 If you’re not tulip-ed out (I’m American. We make up words) visit my cousin’s WordPress site and her stunning photos of the Skagit Valley tulips here. And for Jude’s Bench Challenge sit here: tulipmania 175 This bench with a view is only a week late. She said the rules were flexible. If you’re a glutton for punishment, listen to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcSlcNfThUA Go on! It will give you a laugh!

78 thoughts on “Tiptoeing through the Tulips

  1. Giggling! Tiny Tim!! YIKES!!! I miss tulips in the spring being in the desert but we have another kind of spring here. But I enjoy seeing those gorgeous tulips! THANK YOU!

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  2. Glad I resisted the video, but those waggly purple tulipany are just lush! One of my walking friends was at Keukenhof last week and she forgot her camera 😦

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  3. Wonderful tulip pics, Carol! I’d love to sit on a bench and just drink in their beauty. I remember going to Spalding with my parents when I was a child, but of course i didn’t have a camera then, and I don’t think they did either. I didn’t listen to Tiny Tim, but he’s somehow still got into my head. πŸ™‚

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  4. Nothing says spring like tulips! A lovely selection in your photos, They have an annual tulip festival in Ottawa – bulbs still sent by Holland in thanks for the Canadian part in the WW2 liberation.

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  5. Love tulips, Carol! Your pics are fab.
    Lisa at NWFrameofMind lives in the PNW and she posts amazing pics from Skagit Valley every year. Now it’s on my bucket list.

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  6. The tulips are beautiful! Can’t decide which ones are my favourite but those dark purple ones really caught my eye:)

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  7. As tulips are my FAVOURITE flower I will graciously accept your late entry. What a place for a bench, what a view, and what a LOT of tulips!! Spalding you say? I remember my dad taking us through the bulb fields in Lincolnshire on our Sunday afternoon drives when I was a very small child. I don’t think we ever got out of the car though.

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    1. We only saw (spent) daffodil fields. They must have been spectacular. Look up Springfield Festival Gardens. They are maintained by the local horticultural society.
      I’ve just been looking at a blog post of the Keukenhof gardens. That’s on my list for next year!

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      1. I just knew what that video was going to be, but I couldn’t stop myself. I just HAD to play it … and now that horrible sound has been playing around in my head ALL DAY!!

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  8. So beautiful! Tulip time in Skagit Valley is definitely on our list, but I don’t know if it is as beautiful as where you ended up seeing your tulips. And yes, I love when things turn out better than expected. πŸ™‚

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    1. I regret not seeing the tulip fields of Skagit Valley. There are similar fields just north of where we are but they are not open to the public as they are on private land. Keep Skagit on your list!

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  9. Gorgeous. I love tulips en masse – I looked at your cousin’s photos, which are also lovely. Last time we were in Amsterdam two years ago it was a very late spring and the tulips at Keukenhof were disappointing, apart from in the exhibition halls. I hadn’t realised it was a North American “thing” too – I’d not heard of Skagit Valley. I also read recently about a Toronto (I think!) tulip festival. Oh dear, so many things to add to the travel list….

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    1. These tulips were at the Springfield Festival Gardens in Spalding, Lincolnshire but if you Google ‘tulipmania’ you could end up anywhere. I ‘found’ myself in Singapore! Get your list out again!

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    1. I wish you could have come with me then! I was grinning like a Cheshire cat when I saw my first vista of tulips. I’m afraid Gale Force Yellow is a made up name. We’d had heavy rain the night before and some of the tulips were a bit battered, most had held up well and some, like the GFYS, looked quite whimsical!

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  10. Tulips are amazing! I prefer mine in pots, though, because their display is so short. I remember Tiny Tim on the Johnny Carson Show. I think he got married on TV, didn’t he? Seems like a long time ago now!

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    1. I wonder if the tulips last a bit longer here in our slightly cooler climate. I was also wondering what the gardens will do with all the spent foliage after the blooms finish. They covered a huge area. Hmm. I think I need to investigate that. I’ll get back to you.
      I’d forgotten that about Tiny Tim. He married Miss Vicki. It was a long time ago!

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