25 Mar The Daffodils are in Bloom

The daffodils are in bloom in Skagit Valley. Spring can’t be far off as this annual turning of the seasons testifies. On a brisk  morning with wind gusts cresting 30 miles an hour we set out on a Sunday drive to see if the daffodil rumors were true. It’s always puzzling in the Northwest to try and figure out the weather and the growing season. Because of the mild winters you see things beginning to bloom in late February and early March. Lawns are turning green, buds are sprouting from the branches of trees. But this time we guessed right: though winter still holds deep in the Cascade Mountains, down on the plains spring is stirring.  It’s early March and the brilliant yellow of endless daffodils stretches toward the horizon.

To witness a daffodil spring, head for Beaver Marsh Road in Mount Vernon. The area is laid out in rectangular blocks of fields bordered by roads with plenty of good pullouts for photo opportunities.

“Daffodils are a perfect plant for the Pacific Northwest. They are true perennials that come back year after year if given a good amount of sunlight, moisture at the right time, and a fertile, well-drained soil. Diseases are minimal and because daffodils are poisonous, they are rarely disturbed by nibbling creatures, although slugs and snails may crawl up the stem and eat the petals.”
~Kathy Wolfe is a WSU/Skagit County Master Gardener