Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

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Mount Baker’s snowy cap is on the horizon, peeking up behind the foothills.

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There were lots of puddles and mud to interest our grandson.

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We were not alone!

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There was a beautiful garden that was marked so you would be able to know the varieties.
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Even some of the early rhododendrons were contributing tremendous color.
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Every garden benefits by little surprises like this!
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The next door neighbors were llamas…

llamas at the tulip festival

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Most of these photos are from the RoozenGaarden and were taken on my iPhone on March 27th.   RoozenGaarde: A Division of Washington Bulb Co., Inc. sells the bulbs that you see in the labelled photos.
The Tulip Festival has a web site at http://www.tulipfestival.org/index.php
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Don Juan Climbing Roses At Toad Hollow

DON JUAN CLIMBING ROSES AT TOAD HOLLOW

Thursday is the Spring Equinox.  In the Pacific Northwest that does not mean that anything you want to grow in your garden is doing much more than producing visible bulges on branches.  These and a few crocus are just the profligates of Spring.

Still, we bought these Don Juans, one for each post on the outside of the pergola, at the end of the Fall season at Garden Spot in Bellingham. And then, we never planted them before the rain started.  This picture was taken before that rain. The Autumn Sedum was blooming profusely.  That means the growing season is one cold snap from over.  Then the snow came and more rain, then more snow, and as always more procrastination.

Today, Dan removed the non climbing roses pink shrub roses from the pots beside the pergola and planted these in their stead.  Now we should have roses climbing up the pergola by Summer.  The older roses will be potted soon and will remain on the deck. They are cheerful and hearty little buggers. The deck is the only reliable place to grow roses where the deer on this mountain think of any rose as one of many tasty snacks. Spring comes slowly and steadily.  And none too soon.

I am looking forward to seeing roses from here.

I hope to be able to see the roses climbing from out here in the yard!