On a "practically perfect" April day, the Avamere Senior Apartments' Friday outing took us to the "Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm" a few miles southeast of Woodburn, Oregon. Cool weather delayed the tulip bloom a couple weeks this year, but on this day they were a glorious sight.
The fertile Willamette Valley soils will grow almost anything: berries, wheat, corn, hops, grass, shrubs, trees--you name it. But of all the inedible crops grown here, none come closer to being "eye candy" than the tulips. And it is thanks to the Iverson family's tulip farm that this small part of the Valley has become a favorite destination when the tulips put on their spectacular spring show.
The Wooden Shoe web site notes that tulips are found in the wild in N. Africa, Southern Italy, Southern France, Turkey, China, Japan and Korea. All these sites are at an average latitude of 40 degrees. The Iverson's Oregon tulips are growing at just a bit less than 45 degrees latitude but apparently they feel very much at home here.
A few images from our delightful day among the tulips:
The tulips fields cover more than 40 acres
You can explore the tulip fields on foot, or via the free tram
Whether viewing the swaths of color from a distance
or down at the bee's level,
Tiny Tim had the right idea when he sang "Tiptoe Through the Tulips."
Antique steam-powered tractor amid the tulips
April 27, 2009
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