Tulips coming early to Skagit County

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by TIM ROBINSON / KING5 News

KREM.com

Posted on March 4, 2010 at 2:17 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 4 at 2:16 PM

SKAGIT COUNTY, Wash. -- A thousand green acres of Skagit Valley land are, for the most part, still all green right now. But the color is coming!

A wave of red, yellow, pink and white is swelling up, forming a tulip tsunami.

"People who come up and see it for the first time they're just in awe," said tulip grower Brent Roozen. "It's like nothing they expected, you know. They think they're seeing Holland here in the Skagit county."

And this year, there's a sea-change under way as the bulbs are busting earlier.

"Two years ago we had a cold spring where we had snow in April, and then last year the tulips didn't actually start blooming until April 15th, April 20th," said Roozen.

Last year, growers got hit with a double whammy. The bad winter kept tourists away from the farms and the recession put a deep freeze on people's pocketbooks, so online spending was down.

This year, things are looking up. So this year, anyone who wants to see the ocean of tulips and daffodils needs to think about it in mid-March instead of simply thinking April.

"I think this year the phrase would be 'the earlier the better.' If you do come up late March, early April, I think we're going to have a lot of nice color to see," said Roozen.

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