Is there a part of your garden that just has you mesmerized right now?
I always like the front of my house best around this time of year when this bed of tulips starts to bloom.
This first picture is how the tulips looked three days ago.
I think it helps to announce for anyone not paying attention that "Spring Has Arrived".
I took another picture of the tulips the day before yesterday.
I can't seem to stop taking pictures of these tulips.
Here's yesterday's picture.
I took that one in the evening, when it was cloudy. It started raining about 30 minutes later.
Then I took another picture this morning, right before I left for work.
The tulips were all closed up, not quite awake yet.
By the time I got home the tulips were all opened up and soaking up the sun.
I've contemplated a permanent planting in this bed, but then I wouldn't have these tulips to mesmerize me and announce to the world that spring has arrived. I wouldn't have neighbors drive by and holler out "gorgeous flowers".
How do I get such a big display of tulips each year?
By treating these as annual flowers. Yes, that's right. Once these are done blooming, I'll pull them out and put something else here for the summer. Then in the fall, I'll plant all new tulip bulbs in this bed.
It only takes a few hours, and I think it is well worth the effort.
Um, yes, I have in the past just tossed these spent tulips into the compost bin, but this year, I might plant them out in other spots and see how they come back next fall. Somehow, it seems less wasteful to do that.
Don't forget the Hoe Down coming on May 3rd!
Is everyone cleaning up their hoes and other garden tools for the virtual social event of spring?
I am! Tomorrow morning, I’m getting all my hoes out, cleaning them up, and taking their pictures for the upcoming Garden Bloggers’ Hoe Down.
There will be group hoe photos, posed hoe photos, hoe portraits, hoe action shots, all kinds of hoe pictures. I might even include some of the rakes.
Do you think the neighbors will notice all the hoes in my backyard? And me taking pictures of them? I guess if they do, I’ll invite them to bring their hoes over and join in the fun.
I hope you aren’t shy about taking pictures of your hoes in preparation for this one time only Garden Bloggers Hoe Down taking place on Saturday May 3rd.
It’s easy to participate. Just take pictures of your hoes (or rakes or shovels), and post them on your blog on Saturday, May 3rd. Then leave a comment on my Hoe Down post so we can find you and come visit your blog and see all your hoes (or rakes or shovels). That’s all there is to it. And to answer the most popular question in advance... if you don't have a hoe, any garden tool will do.
It ought to be a good time, so don’t miss out!