Tulips grow in a cycle of planting, blooming, harvesting and over again each year, much like all agricultural products. Tulips are different in that they are a BULB — they bloom once, they are planted in the fall and bloom in the spring. Then tulip bulbs are dug out of the ground in the summer, cleaned and processed and then held out of the ground until it it is planting time in the fall.
If you come to the Skagit Valley now looking for tulips, you will find dirt or stubble in the fields that had blooming tulips in them in April.
The photo shows workers for RoozenGaarde/Washington Bulb Co. harvesting the tulip bulbs from a field at Calhoun and Beaver Marsh Rd.