My favorite plant this week: Tulips in bloom
The signal that spring, true spring, has begun are the tulips blooming and showing off their amazing colors.
I have been growing tulips since I owned my first home at age 23. I have tasted defeat as often as I have felt victory, with tulips.
Here in the Pacific Northwest, we have similar springs to the region of 'Holland' in the The Netherlands. Tulips grow very well here. But, if you have a dense, clay soil, which is not uncommon to our region, it must be amended in order to grow tulips.
I've lost so many pretty tulips to clay soil and a wet winter. They just drown. Poor little bulbs. Even when I've mounded them up. A wickedly wet winter of supreme soggy-ness can destroy the best laid plans.
Hence, I've given up on planting tulips directly in the ground.
Pots. I like to plant them the recommended four - six inches deep in pots. Pots that I can keep protected during a brutal cold snap (like we had this winter) and pots that I can over plant on top with seeds like lupine and nasturtium to add another season of interest.
So, that's how I enjoy my tulips. No more nasty gophers or moles eating my precious bulbs or realizing by early March that they became water logged and are now mush. Pots.
This year my pots are fully in bloom and it's a magnificent show of graceful and elegant color.
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