Sunday, May 1, 2005


  1. Beautiful...wish you were here......oh wait you are. Thaks for the pretty pics.

    I can't get my tulips to flower, their leaves grow every year no friend says some plants need 3 or 4 years to really pu tin a good show. Is that true

  2. Good morning, Brit,
    Usually the first year tulips always flower. After that you just have to cross your fingers. I also get many that have leaves only and (sorry to say), they may never flower again. Tulip bulbs go down hill each year. The blooms get smaller and they are shorter. Some people (those with mucho bucks) buy new tulips every year just to get a guaranteed show. Your friend is correct with perennials though. The first year they sleep, the second year they creep, and the third year they LEAP! Patience is a definate virtue for gardeners!

  3. Your tulips are lovely! I swear the lady across the street here has had the same ones for all the years that we've lived here. If I ever talk to her again (she got made because I called the fire marshall on her for burning and leaving the fire unattended), I'll ask her how she keeps them blooming. Can't you dig them up too and replant them? I'm going to try that. I have some that are under the eaves of the house where they don't get a lot of rain and they look great!
    As for keeping the deer away-you may have to plant things they don't like to nibble. Also, go to the hairdresser and ask her to save hair for you instead of using old shoes.

  4. Hi Dianne, I have already tried the hair thing, I've put out bars of soap, I've mixed up some concoction of eggs, oil, water and hot sauce and sprayed it on (that was for lillies--evidently I used too much sauce--nothing ate them, but the buds dried up and fell off). There really is NOTHING that works, except to put up a very high fence. My MIL also has some tulips that she has had for many years. When I asked her, she said the older varieties were much better in the return bloom area.


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