Bring Out Your Container Tulips
Today I dug up the container tulips and set them out on the path to the front door. This is a day I look forward to at the beginning of every spring.
Last fall I planted 13 containers with tulips. To read about it, click here. Of these, I buried ten in the tomato/herb bed. Another three I left in the garage. The ones in the garage I had forgotten about and I’m afraid I had let at least one of them get too dry over the winter. You don’t need too much moisture, but you don’t want the planting mix to be bone dry for a long period.
However, so far it seems both the buried and garage tulips made it through the winter. There are a few containers with no tulips emerging right now, but that’s probably because they are planted with later varieties.
We’ve had a lot of rain lately, and the soil was almost too wet to work – but not quite. On the other hand, it was wet enough to make some of the containers pretty damn heavy.
The containers left behind sizable holes. However, after digging out the containers I edge the bed, throwing the resulting soil into the holes. A little pushing back and forth with a hoe, and the tomato/herb bed looks to be in reasonable shape.
It’s exciting to see the tulip tips poking up out of the planting mix.
The tulips that are making their appearance now are probably the early varieties ‘Princess Irene’, ‘Couleur Cardinal’, and ‘Early Harvest’ – a mix of purple, red, and orange. I don’t go in for subtlety when it comes to tulips.
And here they are lined up along the walk to the house. I also put one on the tree stump in the Lamppost Bed. Can’t wait to see them all in bloom!