By Ken Stern 

Tulip tourism in full bloom


CAMERA, DAFFODILS AND A SMACK ON THE CHEEK – When it is the first Saturday in April, folks flock to the Skagit Valley for flowers. The fields are a sea of yellow as daffodils command the scene. Tulips are coming, but when it comes to love, all flowers and colors are the best when it is time to kiss. This field is on Bradshaw Road near Tulip Town, – Photo by Ken Stern

No fooling: the Tulip Festival season is here. A week into April, it is for sure: The month long Skagit Tulip Festival has blossomed. Flower fields unfold in every direction this year, south, north and east of La Conner. They are in full press daffodil yellow, spectacularly so, some 500 acres of bright yellow. While tulips are starting to flower in a variety of colors, the dominant tone is green, as in leaves. The late tulip blossoming may mean Washington Bulb Company’s workers will wait until May to top them.

If tulips flower into May, tourists will continue to flock to the fields for se...

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