Trough of Tulips


Tulip Trough

The other little project I did today is to plant 60 tulip bulbs in this old trough I found over at my Father-in-law’s house. I broke up the old soil in it and added a peaty soilless mix that contains time release fertilizer pellets. Then the bulbs were scattered and pressed in pointing up. (If you have never done this before, the tip goes up and the tiny flat root plate goes down. Sometimes it is a little hard to tell.) Then over the top went more soilless media. They will be protected from animals in this container. It should get chilled in the garage all winter but not frozen really hard.
I saw this done this past May when I went to Keukenhopf in the Netherlands. They used so many bulbs that it made a stunningly thick display. I purchased these bulbs at a home store for ten dollars per bag. I used two bags for this trough. The flowers are going to be a mixed pastel collection. One bag is mid season and one bag is late. I expect them to be quite tall too. We will see if I get a long season of bloom out of them. Now to water them and wait for SPRING!

Parrot Tulip

This flower form is the Parrot Tulip. They come in various blended colors. Spectacular!

Peonies Plant of the week

went to a garden and saw this.

I am starting with a web site that has many many questions and answers on Peony culture. Gardeners should find a cure for what ails them there. Meanwhile, here, we shall look at good pictures of Peonies from the University of Michigan’s Peony trial garden in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Oh yes, one more thing….ants have nothing to do with Peony buds opening. The ants just like the sugary sap.

Peonies come in colors from white to deep pink

Peonies are a perennial plant that come in herbaceous and shrubby. All the plants we saw at the garden yesterday were the herbaceous type which die down to the ground each winter.

Single flowers show the yellow center.

Herbaceous peonies are easy to grow in sunny locations.

If your peonies do not bloom, they either are not getting enough sun or are planted too deeply. Hope you enjoy my pictures taken by my husband.