Wednesday Vignette – tulips and toilets

A few weeks ago, we took a little roadtrip – just to get out of the house. On the way home, we drove by the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm near Woodburn. We figured their annual Tulip Festival was canceled, but were hoping we’d see the tulips in bloom, even if from a distance. We were lucky. They had apparently planned for visitors just like us, and rerouted us to drive down the road through the fields – like some kind of Dutch bulb safari – we got to see the tulips without ever leaving our car.


The crowds obviously weren’t there, and I found the notable absence of all the auxiliary junk that comes with entertaining crowds, quite refreshing. I’ve griped about these view-marring plastic marvels in the past. This time around, there were still a few around, but they were far easier to keep out of my photos – even though some still ended up having a bright blue box on the horizon. (I spared you from those shots.) I think, for the post-pandemic Tulip Festivals, they should entertain the idea of renting tulip colored portapotties, as they would be far less visually disruptive.

Anyway, it was nice to be able to take in the rich pastels of the tulip fields without the numerous bulky, blue distractions. On the farthermost edge of the compound, backed by a green field and a hazelnut plantation, sat a lonely portapotty. As it were, it looked almost a little surreal in all the empty green – like some kind of weird art installation. I could live with that – LOL!


About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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18 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – tulips and toilets

  1. 🙂 for the portaloo

  2. bergstromskan says:

    Portapotties in tulip colors, well, will I find it if I am in a hurry? scary thought

  3. Tina says:

    I have to ask: did you ever think you’d take a photo of a portapotty as an artful expression?

    That said, the tulips are glorious and I’ll bet it was a real treat to see them, albeit from a car, without all the junk that does accompany those kinds of celebrations. My WV is here, thank for hosting!!

    • annamadeit says:

      No – truly – I never imagined I would. LOL! Yes, tulips are always a treat – whether a field full or in a vase. And so much better without the circus!

  4. Getting out and driving is a good break from the home, we’ve done that a few times too. My WV however is from the homestead…

  5. Kris Peterson says:

    That’s something you’d never see down this way! It’s a beautiful sight/site and how lucky you were to manage a visit. Was that tractor as pink as it looks in the photo?

    • annamadeit says:

      Tulips grow well up here – as evident by the photo. Yeah, the tractor was kind of a bleached red. I bet the portapotties would look less intrusive in that color….

  6. hb says:

    Beautiful tulips in a beautiful landscape. Refreshing that the crowds were missing, For some of us social distancing is a positive.

  7. tonytomeo says:

    During my first trip to the Pacific Northwest in 1990, the Tacoma Dome was in the process of getting a new roof. The roofers put their outhouse right on top of the Tacoma Dome, perhaps because it was the most stable place for it up there.

  8. Jason Kay says:

    I think the blue complements the red and yellow tulips very nicely.

  9. annamadeit says:

    Mmm… not my favorite, but it does bring to mind the primary colors. To each their own, I guess! 🙂

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