Tulip Fields----Mt. Vernon, Wa

WOW, how beautiful, and right here in our own country.  I had a client just this week,
who was recently back from the Netherlands, experiencing the magnificence of all the
colors.  She told me that after the blooms are gone, they dig up the bulbs, throw them
away, and plant new ones in the fall.  Thank you, Nancy.   Mary

At first glance, it looks like a giant child armed with a box of crayons has been set loose upon the landscape. Vivid stripes of purple, yellow, red, pink, orange and green make up a glorious patchwork.

Yet far from being a child's sketchbook, this is, in fact, near Mt. Vernon , WA , in the middle of tulip season. 

The landscape in the spring is a kaleidoscope of color as the tulips burst into life. The bulbs are planted in late October and early November. More than three billion tulips are grown each year and two-thirds of the vibrant blooms are exported

One of the photos includes what we here in rural Washington call the fourth primary color - John Deere Green. -

Their dazzling colors are thanks to the years in the 17th century when tulip mania swept the
globe and the most eye-catching specimens changed hands for a small fortune. But like a
Rainbow, this colorful landscape is a short-lived phenomenon. When the flowers are gone,
the land will be cultivated for a rather more mundane crop of vegetables. Washington State

produces over a billion bulbs a year. In October and early November they will be planted again for the following year.
(For those who don't know, Mt. Vernon is about 60 miles north of Seattle , WA....)