Wednesday, November 5, 2008

It's not too late.

Here in northeast Ohio, the past few days have been unseasonably warm. I jumped on my last opportunity to plant tulip bulbs, and hope you are inspired to do the same wherever you are...

First, find a spot where you can dig a big hole, at least 6" deep. (No, I didn't use the snow shovels--those belonged to my boys who like to dig with anything.)My holes were about 20" round. Once the holes were dug in specific locations in the yard, I went through and coated the inside of the holes with bone meal.
Then I simply dumped (yes, dumped) a bunch of tulip bulbs into the hole. I then went back and made sure the pointed ends were up, and I gently filled the holes with dirt.
No, I don't dig individual holes. I go for mass plantings and put them fairly close together (yes, I know it doesn't say that on the package--but I know what I'm doing--I promise.) As far as color and bulb selection, I go for mid to late spring varieties that speak to me. This year, I planted varieties of pink and orange to make me smile. Last year, I did all white with pink tips. Whatever you decide, go for mass quantities to make a statement--not various colors. I also like to plant tulips in the back yard so I have a variety in which to pick from for indoor arrangements.

Go ahead--as long as the ground isn't frozen, you still have time too!! In a few months, you'll be glad you did...

Enjoy this beautiful day!!

2 comments:

Francine said...

ooooh! Thanks for the reminder! I forgot last year and I really want to look forward to tulips next Spring :)

Ryzmomplus2 said...

I haven't done this in years! What a great idea I'm going to be sure to accomplish!