Yes it has been cold: Weather delays daffodil blooms

Fields of yellow flowers, finally


March 15, 2023

Sarah Walls

ON THEIR WAY, WILL BLOOM ANY DAY – Mid-March and the daffodils in Skagit Valley farm fields are just now blooming? The yellow flowers coming late is a sign of these times, reflective of the cold, damp winter. At least it never snowed on them – or the farmworkers – as it did in 2019. This Calhoun Road field was photographed March 13.

It's March 15, and nary a daffodil can be seen, but Brent Roozen isn't worried.

Field picking ramped up last weekend, said the Washington Bulb Company CEO, and daffodils are shipping to customers at as well as grocery stores across the country. "Yellow is right around the corner, and when daffodils bloom late, the color can come on really quickly."

As for tulips, it is too early to tell. Late daffodils can mean no tulips until mid-April "but tulips can catch up quickly if they get a little bit of warm weather," Roozen said. That temperatures may reach 60 degrees this weekend is...

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