Last fall, I planted 150 species tulips. My last words on that post were “it will still look beautiful next spring.” Boy, was I wrong.
The snowdrops that I had divided came up. At least some of the crocus that I divided came up. And four tulips emerged and bloomed. Four. Out of one hundred and fifty.
Why Didn’t They Bloom?
At first I thought that a few tulips must not have been planted quite as deeply as the others, and so came up sooner. But as the days and weeks went on, no other tulips showed up. I realized, much to my dismay, that four was all I was going to get.It was possible that they could have rotted. After all, this bed is right next to the driveway, and snow that is removed from the driveway gets piled here. However, in the top picture, near the furthest back tulip, I noticed what looks like some kind of onion. Now, I didn’t put that there. I suspected, quite strongly, that a rodent put that there. And if a rodent put a bulb there, it just as easily could take a bunch away.
Well, I’ll Be…
And it would have remained speculation on my part, except for what happened today. I was getting a bunch of miscellaneous chores done and happened to walk by the purple smoke bush. I’ll be the first to admit that the shrub bed has been neglected the last few years and there is quite a mix of grass, dandelions, goldenrod, and Vinca minor acting as a er–ground cover, until I have time to attend to it. As I was passing by, I glimpsed a bit of pink amongst the grass. I don’t know of any weed blooming pink at this time of year, so I stopped to take a closer look.Doggone if some of my missing tulips weren’t getting ready to bloom thirty feet from where they were planted! Once I discovered them, I pulled the grass and other weeds away from them. Trust me, they’re much easier to see this way.
Now I am wondering if I should try to relocate them back to the peony bed after they are done blooming, or just leave them be. What would you do?