First of the Season Daffodils
posted on March 9th, 2016 by Kristin Lares
Regardless of what the weather may be like outside, vibrant Daffodils shout “Spring is here!” These yellow trumpets (and all flowers for that matter) have so much personality – when I look at a daffodil, I always think of the silly daffodils in Alice in Wonderland’s “All in the Golden Afternoon”. They make me smile.
The daffodil has great symbolism – it is the birth flower for March and also the symbol for the American Cancer Society. Daffodils are a universal symbol of hope and life, and they’re at the center of the American Cancer Society’s “Daffodil Days Hope By The Bunch” campaign.
Daffodils have limited seasonal availability. We expect to offer them through the end of March with weather permitting. Pick some up to enrich someone’s day with this golden yellow gem.
About our Grower
William Roozen emigrated from Holland in 1947 with years of experience in the bulb industry. He had a good back, strong hands, and a heart pulsing with dreams. Roozen started a bulb farm on five acres of land, holding meetings in a garage and toiling long hours beside a few hired hands. He saved money by buying used tractors and farm equipment. Today, Roozen’s small company has grown to be the largest bulb grower in the country and one of the largest employers in the Skagit Valley.
The flower industry in the Skagit Valley has become an important element of the county’s economy. The Roozen family’s hard work ethic spans at least six generations. The family first began growing in the mid-1700’s. In the Skagit Valley, Roozen (which means “roses” in Dutch) worked for other farmers before setting off on his own in 1950. Five years later, he purchased the Washington Bulb Co., founded by two of the area’s first bulb farmers, Joe Berger and Cornelius Roozekrans. The Washington Bulb Co. now farms about 2,000 acres of land.