Our parent company is Washington Bulb Company, Inc., the largest grower of tulips, Daffodils and irises in the United States. All our bulbs are hand-sorted, inspected and packaged in our Skagit Valley facilities amidst the tulip fields. We keep the bulbs in a climate-controlled environment until they're ready to
be shipped for planting in your area.
P.O. Box 1248
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
|From the President:
much of the country experienced a summer rebound last week, the Pacific
Northwest got wet. High winds swept
through the region and rainfall totals continued to climb, putting us more than
50 percent above our October average while only half way through the
month! The autumn months are bulb
planting months, but at the moment we are taking a break in the action as we
wait for our fields to dry.
November 1st is always the goal, so when Mother Nature
allows, we will resume the race against time as we look to finish planting our nearly 1000
acres of daffodil and tulip fields.
Down at RoozenGaarde we are busy planting the Display Garden. Though much smaller in size than our
fields, it still takes two full months to plant upwards of ¼ million
bulbs by hand. YES, we redesign and
plant the entire display garden with a new layout each fall!
For those of you who fear you may have missed
out on your chance to plant bulbs in your home gardens this year, do not worry
– you still have time! We've begun shipping bulb
orders to our customers in cooler climate as now is the perfect time to get
your flowerbeds planted. Remember, you
should plant your bulbs immediately upon arrival. Southern states with
warmer climates will begin to receive orders after your bulbs have undergone a
period of “pre-cooling.”
|Flowers for the Fall
Orange tulips have made their long anticipated return this fall. A supersized bunch, vivid color, and
limited period of availability make this selection our hottest seller during
the cool months of autumn.
And if you like your Autumn Orange with a little bit of blue
contrast, try this colorful
combo! We will
transition away from growing Dutch iris at the turn of the year, so get them
while they last!
Q: What do the terms “multiply” and
“naturalize” mean when referring to bulbs?
means as it sounds. Almost all daffodil bulb varieties will grow in size and then divide to produce more bulbs – yes, in this
case divide equals multiply! Crocus and muscari bulbs are also
excellent multipliers. It is common
for tulip bulbs to
multiply although some varieties will do so to a greater degree than
others. When a tulip bulb
multiplies, the smaller sized daughter bulbs, or “bulblets,” will need to grow
in size before they can produce a bloom.
This process can take from one to three years.
is a term referring to a bulb’s ability to produce a flower year after
year. Again, daffodils, muscari,
crocuses, and irises are all excellent naturalizing varieties. Certain tulip varieties will naturalize
better than others AND all varieties will have an improved chance at coming
back year after year with proper care (check back with us in the spring for
more care information). Some of the
best naturalizing tulips are: the Darwin Hybrid
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Lord, and this Giant
leaves of my muscari are already a few inches tall, should I be worried?
A: No. Not at all. This question fills our Ask the
Expert inbox as much as any other during the late fall, but rest assured that
the growth you see is normal. The muscari varieties (Armeniacum, Mount
Magic, etc.) are always the first bulbs to sprout and they do so much
earlier than any other bulb type. However, like every other variety, muscari
will eventually enter a period of dormancy during the winter months and will
then bloom after the crocuses, most daffodils, and even some tulips during the
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flowers are grown and shipped right here on our Skagit Valley farm.
each day and shipped for overnight delivery.