Monday, April 20, 2015

A different kind of planting

Most of the time when I talk about planting, I am referring to field crops like corn and soybeans. However, there's another type of spring planting that I love: flowers!!

I've been waiting for the weather to warm up and stop freezing to plant my flowers. I wish I had saved my bulbs from last year, but oh well. It gave me an excuse to buy something new and different!

I sent mom some pictures after I was done with the planters and she asked if I bought them like that. I'm going to take that as a compliment!

This is the first year I decided to grow an herb garden also. With all the cooking I've been doing, it seems like a really good idea. Can't beat fresh herbs!

Two counties north of us back home are tulips galore. If you didn't know better, you might think you were in Holland. The entire Skagit Valley is full of tulips, planted in rows for miles. It's amazing! You know you are a Washingtonian when you have pictures with the tulips.

Visiting the tulip fields in the early '90s. I love this picture!

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival and Tulip Town posted these magnificant shots on Facebook. They definitely make me want to get on an airplane and visit!

This also creates a lot of extra traffic in the area, which my friends that live up there don't love so much. My friend Andrew calls those people "tulip tourists." Haha!!

Due to the warm late winter weather, tulip season started in mid-March instead of April. I've also heard reports of many counties out there experiencing a drought for the first time in nearly a decade. Not good, especially for farmers. I know Indiana folks still remember the drought of 2012 well.

I saw the below saying on Facebook and it's so true. Flowers tend to be a classic sign of spring, but when your cows start shedding their winter coats, that's when spring is really here.

What are your favorite flowers to plant? I'm always looking for new ideas to spice it up.

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