i don’t plant too many tulips as i was warned by my neighbors that we have deer that roam through the neighborhood. however, as i have lived here, i have only seen them a very few times, and never during the spring. so, last fall, i planted some tulips. and, they have bloomed beautifully for me this year.
i did fertilize the bulbs this spring when i first saw them coming up from the ground, along with the boost of bulb fertilizer they were given when planted last fall. they are planted in almost full sun, as they do have shade later in the day. so, hopefully they will return next year. bulbs typically require the full sun to reach their maximum potential.
these tulips are about 12 inches tall, though i photographed them from above. i admire the two color aspect of this species with the cup-shaped petals and the darker colored base.
each year Dow gardens in midland offers a spectacular tulip display and replaces thousands of bulbs after each growing season, making certain that their display is perfect every spring. i plan to keep my tulips and see if they make it another year.
i find that bulbs look best when planted in clusters throughout the bed. larger bulbs should be planted in groups of three or four, whereas; i plant small crocus in groups of 10 or 12. these were planted in groups of six.
i do see chipmunks and rabbits in my garden and sometimes find a stray bulb that has been cast off by them. those animals don’t seem to bother daffodils, of which i plant many more than tulips. i have been told that squirrels will eat the top of the flowers when they bloom, but have not found that with my Michigan squirrels.