Sunday, March 20, 2011

My First Tulip

I'm a wannabe gardener.  Maybe it's the farmer's daughter in me.


Gardening is something I dabbled with on and off for many years and have only been "serious" about for three years.  It's definitely an art and something that can't be learned overnight.

I decided that this year, I wanted tulips.  I bought and planted ten tulip bulbs at the beginning of this past December (although you really should plant them a tad earlier than that, according to your region.  We are in southern Mississippi). 

There are actually a lot of factors that go into successful tulip bulbs, one of the most important being a cooling period.  The bulbs have to have an extended period of cold weather in order to grow.  They also need well drained soil to prevent bulb rot.

I fretted over whether or not I'd been successful, and I was thrilled when, at the beginning of February, I began to see this



Success is sweet!  I watched as over the next week, the bulbs all sprouted and grew as the weather warmed. Part of the fun was seeing what colors would appear.  My purple beauty added a beautiful hue to a still-bleak, winter-weary yard.

And now it adds color to my house since Coy "picked" (trampled) it.








Ah, the joys of pets and gardens!

7 comments:

  1. It's beautiful, Kelly! Congratulations on your green thumb!!!

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  2. GREAT...you did it! Your thumb is green!

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  3. I know exactly how you feel Kelly! I planted some tulip bulbs three years ago and this year was the first time they actually produced a flower. The leaves would always sprout up, but no flower until now! A friend recommended I try some fertilizer and that did the trick!!

    I bet it's exciting to see what colors pop up! Congrats on your garden and Happy First Day of Spring!! : )

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  4. Oh so glad for you! My little one and friends pulled up all my sprouting bulbs the other day... needless to say....NOT HAPPY!
    But I guess I'll just make another go of it!
    Smiles~
    Cat

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  5. Oh, how I know the "joys" of pets and gardens!

    We have a Lab, and he's "picked" many of my flowers for me!

    Congrats on your tulips!

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  6. I love to garden, but one thing I've never planted was tulips! Guess it's a combination of not really knowing how, and being lazy. ;-)

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  7. Lucky you! I can't wait for flowers.

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