Maybe this should be called - Favorite Things - because they are.
Skagit Valley has a Tulip Festival that lasts the entire month of April - but the daffodils are always blooming just before the tulips and are just as popular an attraction. People come from all over the state and if you visit on a weekend - plan to be in long lines of cars and traffic jams. I've had friends tell me that it took them 4-5 hours to get back to Seattle (90 miles away) because of the bumper to bumper traffic coming from the festival on weekends. We head down there on a week day afternoon - Wednesday or Thursday is best - and the roads are almost deserted. We can stop along the way and get all the photos we want.
And the heavenly scent - on a warm day it is amazing. We've also been there on rainy, soggy days - but the daffodils still glow. This year they are predicting temperatures in the high 60s and sunshine - look out - here come the flower watchers.
The festival includes tours, flowers for sale, art shows, fly-over tours of the fields, food booths, and used to have a pickle contest. I'm not sure why they don't do that anymore. It is all fun and lots of beauty. Come on over - but remember, I warned you about weekends. Enjoy.
Hundreds of acres of daffodils are grown each year, for the bulbs.
When the flowers reach a certain stage they are then cut and the plants left to mature for the bulbs
So you have to see the tulips while they are still blooming - and before they are cut back
In the early stages of bloom - before they look like this - flower stems are cut for sale at stores in the area.
Waves of yellow - as far as the eye can see - and next week, just as many tulips
We've never been to see the daffodils in the late afternoon - the sun shines through the back of the flowers and gives them a whole different look.
There are so many different kinds of daffodils
Love the yellow back l ight
And of course everyone uses daffodils in their landscaping
The edgings in these flower gardens is fishing floats
And one tulip with the sun highlighting it - next week the massive tulip fields will be in full bloom - come back next week.