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!


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

  2. did it! Your thumb is green!

  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!! : )

  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!

  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!

  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. ;-)

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


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