Anchorage Inn

Coupeville WA

INNformer Newsletter

April 2011

Hello Mainlanders, Islanders and those in between,

Since we last wrote we’ve had quite a variety of weather here in Coupeville. Although we’re famous for our minimal rainfall, we’ve had our fair share, as well as snowfall. But, we can proudly say the sun has been upon us once in a while and the winds have been rather merciful. We can tell Spring time is about to take a major stretch. Daffodils are in full bloom and tulips are only a few days from bursting. And, needless to say, when the ground begins to thaw the grass awakens. Following a gusty evening, I found the lawn was somewhat dry and with it’s appearance a bit shaggy and unappealing I decided I had to mow it. To my surprise, the mower started with the first pull of the ripcord! So with the sun glowing from behind the clouds I actually worked up a sweat. My timing was right on the money because it rained hard the very next day.

It’s pumpkin season! Here it is April and I’m on my 1st attempts to sprout a pumpkin seed. I have 6 wrapped in a couple of wet paper towels and placed gently in a zip lock bag and taped to the hot water pipe leading to one of our hot water heaters. I’ve taken them outside and placed them under a glass bowl to feel the semi warmth of the sun when it shines through the clouds every so often. I’ve also got 4 planted in dirt within a black pot and covered with plastic to keep the moisture in. It sits on a window sill facing the sky where the sun is said to be. It’s all a waiting game. Right now, we’ve seen nothing but clouds for almost 3 weeks straight with measurable rain every day and it looks like we have another week of the same ahead.

We took a short break and went to Disneyland to enjoy the Magic Kingdom with our granddaughters (and their Mom & Dad) for their Spring Break. It was in the mid 70’s and actually warm. Maybe I should have taken my seeds with me. We got plenty of exercise standing in lines, walking from one end of the Magic Kingdom to the other and back again for 3 days. We met Mickey, Goofy and Cinderella and had a great time.

The Tulips are coming! The 28th annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, April 1-24 is just around the corner. We still have rooms available, especially mid week to avoid the weekend travelers. Vacation on Whidbey Island is just a skip and a hop from tulip country. Visit Skagit Valley Tulip Festival for a list of events and must see and do’s! While there, enjoy a 15 minute Skagit Valley flightseeing adventure, Kenmore Air beginning at the La Conner waterfront. You’ll never look at the tulip fields the same way again. Want to see the spectacular blooms from a Helicopter instead of a plane?  Classic Helicopter Corp will be doing scenic flights every 15 minutes on Saturday’s and Sunday’s beginning April 8th from the Farmhouse Restaurant (located off HWY 20 & La Conner Whitney Rd.)

Tulip Facts: For some reason, I like facts. Just give me a fact and my ears perk up. Did you know that there are about 3,000 various known varieties of cultivated tulips! The majority of tulips are grown and exported from Holland.

Tulips come in a wide variety of vibrant colors such as red, yellow, orange, purple, pink and bi-colors. A tulip plant has typically 2-6 leaves, while some species have up to 12 leaves. An average height of a tulip plant ranges from 10-70 centimeters (that’s 4-27 inches). Generally, tulips have one flower per stem. However, a few species may have up to four flowers per stem. The attractive, colorful, cup-shaped flowers possess three petals and three sepals. There are six petaloid tepals, marked near the base of the flower with darker markings.

Tulips are classified into 15 classes on the basis of season of bloom, parentage and various floral characteristics. Tulips are available within November to May and they have a life span of 3-7 days. There are three types of tulips depending upon the time of bloom, such as early, midseason and late flowering.

Early flowering tulips, including Red Emperor, Waterlily, Greigii Tulips, bloom in March and early April. Midseason flowering tulips, such as Swan Wings Tulips, Parrot Tulips, Darwin Hybrids, bloom in April and early May. Late flowering tulips such as Rembrandt Tulips, Fringed Tulips bloom in the month of May.

For cultivation of tulip plants, a well-drained, airy, loamy soil is recommended. They require watering after planting during early spring or fall, as well as before blooming and after blooming. Tulip plants should be protected from small animals such as squirrels, rabbits or gophers and the deer of Whidbey Island.

Tulips are in a great demand all over the world. They are used for making the beautiful bouquets and for wonderful floral arrangements. They are an integral part of decorations for some special occasions such as weddings. Tulip is the national flower of Turkey. Tulip flowers are supposed to be a token of a perfect lover, passion, love, declaration of love, romance, fame, charity, dreaminess and a perfect B&B.

Your B&B Kicks Gas! For the next 4 months we’re offering the “Gas Buster Special” stay two consecutive nights, Sunday through Thursday, and we will take $25.00 off your bill to help cover the cost of your gas! Just mention the “Gas Buster Special” when making your reservation to get this rate! If making the reservation online, indicate Gas Buster Special in the notes section. Only one special or discount per visit.

Mother’s Day is coming! Yes, both Mother’s and Father’s Days are just around the corner. Gift certificates are a great idea for either Mom or Dad. Give us a call and we’ll take care of the rest.

Coupeville – The shortest distance to far away.
Your innkeepers,
Dave and Dianne


April 17, 2011 - Posted by | Dave's Giant Pumpkin, INNformer Newsletter

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