MOUNT VERNON — As people in Skagit County say, “God only knows when the tulips will bloom.”
It’s been a cool winter and early spring, so the blaze of color isn’t jibing with today’s start of the 35th annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Farmers and festival officials estimate that it could be another week or so before most of the bulb fields are in bloom.
Despite this past week’s rain, the daffodil fields are still yellow and some of the month-long festival’s events begin today, so a trip north to the valley on this Easter Sunday would have its benefits.
However, if it’s big fields of tulips you want, then wait.
The Herald plans to provide a how-to-tulip guide on April 8 in this section.
Until then, here are some websites to check:
■ www.tulipfestival.org, for maps and schedules.
■ www.tulips.com, for the RoozenGaarde display garden.
■ www.tuliptown.com, for the Tulip Town display garden.
— Gale Fiege, special to The Herald