The way to get rich is to put all your eggs in one basket, and then watch that basket. (Attributed to Mark Twain, Andrew Carnegie, Warren Buffet, and now the Common Household Mom.)
This is the Common Household approach to growing tulips. If you want to see blog posts about actual hordes of beautiful tulips, go here and here. We have One Lone Tulip.
Last year my husband planted a tulip bulb while it was blooming, with three flowers, in the same spot where he planted his dead hydrangea twig.
By a miracle, this bulb produced foliage this spring. Then it gathered all its strength and extracted from its innards one lonely bud.
After all that exertion, its energy was spent. It was probably waiting for sunshine to warm its leaves and do some photosynthesis stuff, but it will never get direct sun. It is doomed to always be in the shadow of the house.
Once I saw that bud, I knew I was its only hope against the Attack Rabbits and Dastardly Deer. Every time it stopped raining, I covered it with Liquid Fence. The Widow Douglas next door must have wondered why the neighborhood was so stinky all the time.
|May 4th. Defense plans made. Troops assembled.|
|May 5th. It has a cool green stripe on one side.|
|May 6th. Opening just a leetle bit more.|
|May 10th. Made it!|
Triumph! After 4 long days, it finally bloomed.
Next year I have the prospect of having more tulips, because I planted the one my friend gave me, but in a much sunnier place. Rabbits and deer, I’ll be buying more Liquid Fence. You have been warned.