Although most days are rainy here right now, it was somewhat dryer yesterday so I bolted outdoors to see two local springtime attractions: the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens and the Holland America Bulb Company Tulip Festival, both of which were in full bloom.
These are two views of the front of the Lilac Garden, which as you can see also has rhododendrons, azaleas, dogwoods and other flowers, tress and shrubs. The gardens are the creation of Hulda Klager, who lived in this house that has been preserved very much as she lived in it.
Her specialty was the cultivation of lilac varieties that range in color from white to dark purple, including a yellow and a bicolored variety, which I had never seen before.
Next stop was the Tulip Festival, which I gather is simply peak time for this company's tulip crop. They have a demonstration garden and a gift shop, surrounded by fields of their crop tulips.
Folks here in southern Washington really love their flowers. Landscaping is lush and colorful. Such a change from the southern California views we've been seeing all winter. We'll be here for about a month and then we're heading up to Sequim, Washington on the Olympic Peninsula.
Now I'm off to bake a crumb cake for breakfast!