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So Long Ago: Tulips in Bloom

January 12th, 2009

It seems like so long ago that the tulips were blooming. I guess soon enough they’ll be back up again, how exciting!

Every year in the fall I say, “I’m not buying any bulbs next year to plant”. But then I’m taken by the photos in the catalogues & on the boxes in the store and I end up buying more than I can plant. Then each spring when they’re in bloom I think, oh I guess it was worth the $75 and the hours of work.

I’m really fond of Negrita, Queen of the Night and Shirley Tulips and anything in the cream through purple range, but I have a few other kinds as well including some Mickey Mouse tulips they’re one of the few red flowers I have in the gardens.
I do have trouble with the deer eating my tulips. The ones close to the house usually are left alone, but the ones on my front hillside are fair game to them. By looks of my lack of blooms out front they must be super tasty treats! I suppose I should just plant a few extra for them.
I also have trouble with the chipmunks. The first year we moved in here I planed 400 crocus bulbs and I only had one bloom the following spring because the chipmunks dug up every single bulb. I now coat the bulbs with garlic powder and that seems to keep the chipmunks away.
Here in Ohio tulips don’t always come back each year. Those big yellow and red ones often do and my Mickey Mouse ones do, but most of the other ones die off after a couple years.

Anyone else have a favorite tulip? Or a great tip to keep the deer from munching on them?

7 Comments to “So Long Ago: Tulips in Bloom”
  1. Allie on January 12, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Oh, I love tulips! I really love the deep purple-y black ones. But I don’t have the patience to grow anything I can’t eat, so I just enjoy seeing the ones other people plant. :)

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  2. Shiloh Prairie Farm on January 12, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    I wanted to stop by and say thank you for commenting on my blog the other day. I have really enjoyed reading yours today. Those tulip pictures are gorgeous! I can’t wait for spring to get here again!!

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  3. Matron on January 13, 2009 at 3:29 am

    Aren’t they beautiful? I visited a whole valley in Washington State that is just covered in Spring bulbs. Irresistible.

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  4. Frugal Trenches on January 13, 2009 at 5:34 am

    And to think when I first saw them I thought, oh I wish I lived where the Chiots do, it’s spring there!


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  5. Kelly on January 14, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    BEAUTIFUL!!! Makes me wish this snow was gone even more!

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  6. ever on August 25, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    i < 3 tulips…( :
    why is it named mickey-mouse tulip?

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    • Susy on August 25, 2009 at 4:59 pm

      I don’t know, I think it may have something to do with the yellow & red color.

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