With close to 5,000 bulbs, a Vermont gardener
transforms her landscape into waves of color in an
annual celebration of spring
written by charlotte albers photographed by susan teare
follow directions from the
supplier as to bulb depth and
spacing. To deter squirrels, use gravel
or chicken wire in the planting holes.
Mulch lightly after backfilling, and
keep a record of what you planted
check the usda plant hardiness
zone range to make sure bulbs are
suitable for your growing area. Tulips
flower April through May, so stagger
early, middle, and late bloomers for a
longer display period.
SUCCESS WITH TULIPS
Tulips bring a welcome flush of color after winter doldrums. Bulbs should be
purchased in early fall and kept dry and cool until planted in well-drained soil
at least a month before a hard freeze.
treat tulips as annuals. though
some tulips, with proper care, will
blossom each spring, for best
displays, treat them as
annuals. After tulips bloom,
dig up the bulbs and add them
to the compost pile. Plant
annuals in the spaces where the
tulips had been.
from the Maybelline
mix available from
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