Oh Deer, Why So Many Tulips?

Tulips are one of the spring bulbs that came with my garden,

but there were years when I wasn’t sure how I felt about them, the red ones that is. They had been planted along with the usual suspects: grape hyacinth and yellow daffodils.20180421_083004561354931.jpg These three types of bulbs are sold as a package deal every year at the nurseries and every year I wonder why. I find it unnerving when these colors come up together in the spring. They seem so out of place. This is when the season’s light is still at an angle and most flowers are blooming in pinks, purples and white.


The last time I wrote about color was in a previous post of mine Seeing Red? I don’t mean to pick on the color red. The truth is it’s a favorite of mine. There are just certain times of the year (OK, really just in the spring) when it is too intense by comparison to the sun’s light. Of course there are exceptions to every rule: I love the red blooms of the rhododendron when it’s in the shade.


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9 thoughts on “Oh Deer, Why So Many Tulips?

  1. Fascinating! I have had this happen where I tried to prune down something that is getting overgrown to find it grows ten times more! It makes me curious now to figure out “why” this is happening and to learn about the plant more! Had no idea about the tulips, those smart devils! Great post!

    1. That is actually a common experience. People worry about cutting, but the plants want to live!
      When you prune, the plant perceives it as an injury and it wants to replace what it has lost. If you cut a little, it only needs to replace a little. If you cut a lot it tries to recover by shooting out a lot of new growth. When your trying to control size it can take multiple times in a year to get and maintain the size you want; each time cutting a little less. Good luck!

  2. Gee, I do not give that much thought to color. I know what I like, and that I really like white. That is probably one of many reasons I am not a landscape designer.

      1. Knowing what I like is not as practical as knowing what color works. When I lived in town, white would have been a bad color for my bland landscape. Yellow and orange, two colors that I would not have selected myself, happened to look great there! I had plenty of white in my own patio where it was not visible outside, and it worked too because it was a small and partly shaded area. I usually asked the neighbors about the colors.

  3. My feeling for plant life and its accomplishments has a chance to grow into something beyond the minuscule, – if I continue to stay tuned to Gardenkeeping. Let there be bulbs and seeds and merry blooms for all to know and see! May I say it plainly: May they grow, grow, and grow, and thereby fill all suitable niches with their beauty!

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