Word is coming in slowly from the edges of the late-fall-bulb-planting frontiers. A few weeks ago, I dared fellow gardeners to plant their tulips bulbs not only well past the recommended time, but also to throw them all in big holes. The heck with all that fussy spacing. And I added the incentive of sending them free bulbs with which to experiment (all gone, sorry).
One of the recipients, Peter Hoh, has reported in:
We had our first hard frost November 7. Already, the top inch of soil is pretty much frozen solid. I’ll blame Elizabeth for leading me astray. She assured me that it was not too late, and she encouraged me to consider the Big Hole method of putting them in the ground. So here they are.
The pressure! And here’s Christopher C.:
When you are gardening in the wild it is pointless to try and win the battle with the varmints like voles, chipmunks and squirrels who find tulip bulbs to be tasty morsels. Even viewed as an inexpensive annual chances are good you will never see the tulips come spring. These tulips were a gift so I had to make an effort. I planted them surrounded by what looked to be some left over deer netting.
Oh dear! I have faith in these bulbs though, and I am looking forward to seeing images of the results next spring. I must add that both these guys planted their bulbs WAY more tidily than I’ve ever done. Is it a gender thing? Or am I just a slob? Don’t answer that.
Images courtesy of Peter Hoh (first two) and Chris C. (final image)