Just a few weeks ago the world-famous Ground Hog in Punxsutawney predicted six more weeks of winter. Spring may still be officially a month away on the calendar. But, if what's going on in my garden right now is any indication, this might be the first time ever that reliable furry fellow is wrong. Granted I do live and garden in Southern California -- which has a warmer climate than some other areas of the U.S. However, it is still a little early, even here a few miles from the beach, for tulips to start sprouting like the ones my kids and I planted last fall.
After a winter that usually included a lot of snow, it never seemed to amaze me -- despite enduring months of being frozen underground -- how these tulips would burst forth almost magically from the earth once the ground thawed, usually in March.
From late April and into May and early June, mom's beautiful tulips were in full bloom. So my mother would cut colorful bouquets of homegrown tulips for me and my brother and sister to hand carry when we walked to school to give to our teachers.
Yet, all these years I'd never tried planting tulips primarily for two reasons. First, the thought of growing a flower from a bulb, rather than from seed or a plant, kind of seemed daunting to me. Second, I never dreamed that tulips would do well where I live now on the West Coast.
I didn't realize it at the time. But, when Lowe's home improvement store chain, an exhibitor at BlogHer 2011, gave me some tulip bulbs in cute little burlap bags it reignited my childhood fascination and love affair with these fantastical spring blooming flowers. Not only can you buy everything to garden at Lowe's but they have a huge amount of resources and how to articles on their website including this one describing how to plant spring blooming bulbs.
|Planting tulips: Here's a bulb right-side up in 6" hole|
I've watered right after the bulbs were in the ground as well as a few times after that plus it rained periodically. Then, I promptly forgot about them. Imagine our family's glee five months after planting those tulip bulbs, when one of my kids discovered last week that those bulbs were all actually beginning to sprout. It was both an exciting and wonderous moment of discovery just like I recall from my early elementary school years many decades ago.
I invite you to join me for this journey as to watch as these seemingly lifeless bulb hopefully morph into a beautiful floral display in my yard.
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