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The Graceful Dance of a Tulip

 Hidcote Gardens, UK - created by the American gardener, Lawrence Johnston

Hidcote Gardens, UK - created by the American gardener, Lawrence Johnston

My final blog about bulbs is dedicated to the mighty tulip! Just wait to plant the bulbs when the soil is below 60 degrees F, normally mid October.

I cannot resist the charms of a tulip. I am smitten by their richness in color and the grace in which the taller varieties carry themselves. Their long slender stature bending, whirling and nodding to the breeze with a poise only imagined from a ballerina. The success of a tulip grown well is ‘par excellence’ to all other bulbs.

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However, problematic, is that not only do we love the tulip but so does every other beast lurking in our gardens. Theories on how to best grow and protect them are important guidelines but knowing your soils make up will be your best guide to any amendments needed. 

A suggestion is to look to Holland for its sandy loom - great for drainage as well as tough maneuvering for rodents. Deer must be handled with appropriate fencing or continual vigilance with repellent sprays, or as I prefer a little blood meal at all perimeters. 

Boar House will be planting out a selection of the late flowering “tall’ French Tulips! I love planting them amongst my rose beds.

If you would rather travel to marvel at the beauty then I strongly recommend the aptly named Wicked Tulips, who have the largest ‘u-pick’ tulip field in New England. The Flower Farm which is 2 hours 20 minutes away will be opening late April 2019 until mid May. Tulip lovers, mark your calendars it’s superb!

 Image courtesy: Wicked Tulips Flower Farm

Image courtesy: Wicked Tulips Flower Farm

A shorter drive is the Elizabeth Park Conservancy in West Hartford. In mid-October, the Conservancy oversees the planting of over 11,000 tulips, which are ordered in the summer. When the tulips are in bloom in early May, the sight is quite spectacular. 

Sandra

 Image courtesy: Elizabeth Park Conservancy

Image courtesy: Elizabeth Park Conservancy

 

 

 

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