Photo: Tulips from "Holland"

Monday, April 30, 2018

Skagit Valley tulips
Photo by Lee Lageschulte

A tulip story from reader Vicki Michels:

When I was in Holland, years ago, I went to the huge Keukenhof gardens. I had them ship me some tulips to plant here, as a souvenir. Five years later, I discovered that Skagit Valley raises the tulip bulbs that are sent to Holland to plant, grow, and sell there!

My tulips just came home.

I'd asked if their bulbs would be happy and bloom where I lived. Of course he asked where that was. I thought for a minute, and said what I thought he'd recognize: Skagit Valley, near Seattle. No wonder the guy just grinned when he packed my tulip bulbs.


Anonymous,  April 30, 2018 at 10:29 AM  

If you look carefully at the fine print on bags of "Holland", "Dutch", etc tulips, you will often see a small disclaimer that says something like "bulbs from Skagit Valley USA" or "The Netherlands". What's so weird to me is they cost the same whether they cross the sea or not!

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