On the letter R and let’s go back to remember better days when we could schlep about the muddy tulip fields during the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. The Tulip festival of 2020 had to be cancelled and the only way to see the Roozengaarde Garden is by a virtual tour.
Our very first visit to the tulip fields in Mount Vernon was a brief one in 1989.
This was in the late 90’s when my folks visited us in April and Katie was at least 10 years older. These photos were taken in the Roozengaarde Farm Garden.
We celebrated my mom’s birthday while they were here so we know they were here before and after April 8th.
The first time I met some of the Mennonite Girls Can Cook face to face was during the tulip festival in 2010.
That was the beginning of a incredible adventure.
In 2014 Katie and I visited the Roozengaarde again before she moved back to Jacksonville, North Carolina.
In 2015 as many of the Mennonite Girls who could, traveled down into the USA to meet me at Roozengaarde.
In 2018 we had a very muddy windy schlep through the fields with my sister, daughter and DIL.
We don’t live on the “Coast” anymore so a quick trip up to the tulip fields and to Roozengaarde Gardens is not easy anymore. I have lots of good memories and photos to remember.
If you want to see fields and fields of tulips without traveling to Holland you need to come to Washington State in April.
Do you see the heart of pink tulips here?
We are fans of Roozengaarde in Mt. Vernon and always enjoy our visits to this beautiful garden and their tulip fields. Always make sure to have your mud boots with you when you visit the tulip fields.
We have had a weekend of keeping things clean and tidy and letting people traipse through our home at their whim. Sigh. Hope we sell soon so we can relax, a little. Hope all is well in your world.
When we travel to Skagit Valley to see the tulip fields we get the added bonus of seeing some barns along the way.
I spy myself taking this photo in our side view mirror!
The purpose of our trip to Skagit Valley was to visit the gardens at Roozengaarde and the bonus were the views along the country roads.
A horse beyond the tulips out of focus but the tulips were the focus of this trip.
I’ll leave you with this masterfully taken selfie of me and Dear. I have a lot of work to do on my selfies, yes?
Our Saturday is a mix of tweaking, painting, sorting, recycling, and trashing. I’ll have a few hours break at noon for soccer south of downtown Seattle. What’s on your agenda?
Linking up with Tom the Backroads Traveler for The Barn Collective.
My new header photo was taken at the Roozengaarde Gardens in Mt. Vernon in the state of Washington. When we heard we might have a few hours of sunshine on Tuesday, Dear and I zoomed up north about an hour from our home to see the very end of the tulip festival offerings. I’m first sharing the photos I took out in the few remaining fields of tulips.
The well planned garden and the borders of tulips in alphabetical order to help you know what you might want to order were still lovely to enjoy. I’ll be sharing photos from those areas next.
We had a warming up today which is much appreciated. We even were able to throw open a few windows to enjoy the fresh air.
I’ve got one more post from our trip to the tulip festival this year.
Meanwhile at this old house we are busy busy getting ready for Easter.
Today is Maundy Thursday—the Thursday before Easter. Christians around the world and across many denominations take time on this day to remember the Last Supper, when Jesus and his disciples dined together for the last time before his death.
The word “Maundy” comes from the Latin word for commandment (mandatum), which Jesus talked about when he told his disciples that he was leaving them “a new commandment,” that they “love one another.”
As a reminder of this commandment, some churches hold foot washing ceremonies on the Thursday of Holy Week. If you’ve never been a part of a foot washing ceremony, it’s an incredibly humbling activity—one can imagine how difficult it would have been for the disciples to allow Jesus to humble himself in this way.
ht: Bible Gateway
…this will be my last tulip field post for now. It’s time to pack and head south.
I’m always on the lookout for the odd one in the bunch…
I was so happy that I was prompted to stash my yard boots in the car before I headed to the fields because…
…here’s what I got to walk through to get to all the different colored rows of tulips!
Yes, I felt quite smug! I’ll admit it…
If you didn’t have boots on the Roozengaarde Garden was a good choice to see many beautiful varieties of tulips and to be able to buy bunches of tulips, too.
Packed fresh and ready to send to the stands to sell.
I managed to take the garden shots avoiding hundreds of people that were milling about. The later in the morning the worse it gets.
Tuesday will be my day to get everything organized at this old house for my absence. I will be packing the suitcases for a very early departure on Wednesday morning. Dear will be coming later in the week.
Hope you aren’t tired of tulips! Today I’m sharing the variegated and mixed up tulips. We have had rain, rain and more rain this weekend. Finally on Sunday afternoon we got some blue skies and sunshine!
We had some fun news this weekend. Our nephew Caleb asked his sweetheart Marie to marry him. Looks like our family will be having another wedding celebration come August! Reasons to celebrate are the theme of this year!
A friend of Caleb and Marie was hiding out to take this photo and others of this fun moment.
Congratulations on your engagement Caleb and Marie!
Anything new in your neck of the woods?
Today I’m posting the photos I took of all the yellow tulips at the Roozengaarde fields at the Skagit Tulip Festival.
A quiet weekend is on schedule for us and time will tell what we get inspired to do around this old house. The weather has been quite drippy so I don’t think we’ll be outside much. It’s Saturday in Ellen’s kitchen over at MGCC today so you can click over and check that out. Blessings…
…and so are some tulips!
There’s a new meme in blogdom hosted by The Tablescaper called Oh, the Places I’ve Been. I’m sharing more from the Skagit Tulip Festival in Washington State. The fields and garden I visited were Roozengaarde. Today it’s all about red. Yesterday I posted Tickled Pink.
It seems like red tulips might be fast bloomers. I was interested in all these spent blooms that are in the trenches.
The focus on a few of these are on the mountains in the background. It really was the first great weather day since Easter. We have a quiet weekend ahead for which I am grateful.
I’m linking up with The Tablescaper’s new meme starting April 19th. Click on image to see the rules and join the party.
On Tuesday I made a morning trip to the Tulip Festival in Skagit Valley right here in Washington State. The weather was right and my day was free so I hopped in the car and headed an hour north. I’m starting my photo sharing with the pink tulips…
You don’t have to go to Holland to have a wonderful tulip field experience. There were rows and rows of pink, red, purple, yellow and some variegated varieties.
“The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is one of the destination events for the Pacific Northwest, held from April 1-30. Every spring hundreds of thousands of people come to enjoy the celebration of spring as millions of tulips burst into bloom. As with all things governed by Mother Nature, the tulips bloom according to their own schedule sometime during the festival. The tulips allow us to share our corner of the world and showcase Skagit Valley agriculture.”
Wednesday was a semi productive day around this old house. I cleaned out some mystery broth from the freezer and used up our frozen ham leftovers from Easter to make a big pot of Split Pea Soup. I bought rubarb for the first time from a farm stand in Skagit Valley after visiting the tulip fields and made a coffee cake. I’ll share the recipe on MGCC soon. Sounds like our 2 days of sunshine are coming to an end. How is your week going?