Three words summarize my praise for Oregon’s many wonders: idiosyncratic, infrequent, and heartfelt. In summer, my deep and abiding love for Oregon-grown berries seizes center stage; come springtime, though, I only have eyes for the state’s amazing variety of flower farms.
Tulips, daffodils, iris, peonies, dahlias, calla lilies—aside from adding charm to local lawns, in 2010 these “floriculture” fixtures helped bring $22 million in bulb and cut flower sales to the state’s $667 million nursery industry. For those of us with naught but a passing interest in the economic part of the equation, however, knowing growers fill acres of land with far-from-humdrum flowers is the real attention-grabber.
When a flower farm opens to the masses for an annual festival or random tour, it seems just plain ornery to sit home. Especially when one has weather that’s perfect for doing a little tiptoeing through tulips.
Not to mention handy flower-themed accessories to don in solidarity.
If a feet-first exploration of tulip fields isn’t in the cards for some reason, why not take a quick look at the photos below before seeking out true beauty shots of the graceful blooms? Just be on guard for tulpenmanie; best I can tell, there’s no hope for a cure….
PSA 2: Don’t miss the tulip photos of Vienna-based Paula of “Paula’s Diary” (and stick around to read more of her!).