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Operation Tulip Bulb

September 25, 2012

Every spring I look at tulips popping out all over and think I should really plant some. But when fall rolls around I’m all into mums and pumpkins and the impatient, lazy gardener in me never gets around to planting blubs that I won’t see until next spring.

But this year will be different!

Operation Tulip Bulb is part of Operation Perennial. Ever since it occurred on me that

Annuals = Spending

Perennials = Investing

I’ve made an effort to plant more perennials in my yard.

Unfortunately, this summer’s drought wiped out some of my efforts, but that’s how it goes with investing sometimes, huh?

Ready to press on, I’ve taken the first step and bought two bags of tulip bulbs from Costco. I love the red and pink combination.

So armed only with the directions on the back of the bag and a newspaper clipping titled “Bulb Basics” from The Kansas City Star, I am ready to get them into the ground.

But before I do, I want to ask all of you smart readers: do you have any bulb planting tips? 

  1. Not a planting tip, but a funny story. This spring, my in-laws were gathered at my bro-in-law’s home which had beautiful tulip beds. My bro-in-law’s little granddaughter came into the house with a huge bouquet of tulips she had picked for her Grandma. The look on their faces were priceless. The little girl so proud and innocent. Grandma choking out ‘thank you, but please don’t pick any more!’ nearly in tears at the loss of her flowers. I’m sure that little girl will hear that story many times as she grows into a women with gardens of her own.

  2. Two things: First, plant them in bunches, dig a hole that would hold 3-5 and plant them together. They look better that way than individually. Second, if you have deer, take them back to the store, because the deer will eat them. Deers don’t like daffodils as they’re very bitter (tulips are sweet I guess), so if you’re prone to deer, plant those instead. Learned that one the hard way.

  3. Hahahaha, I had that same thought about annuals vs. perennials myself! But then I changed my mind once I saw how much time I had to spend caring for perennials, vs. the set-it-and-forget-it nature of some annuals. (Of course, that said, I still tend roses, so …. c’est la vie!)

    My strongest tip about planting bulbs is to make sure you’ve got GREAT drainage; otherwise the bulb will drown. Dig a 1 ft x 1 ft hole and fill it with water. If it takes more than 30 minutes for the hole to completely drain (so that you don’t see any more water), then I’d recommend adding sand to your soil to improve the drainage time.

    1. Note to self: keep tulip bulbs away from Jackie. And if they come up in the spring I’ll be posting pics all over. You’ll be sick of them. :)

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