Over the past few years, I have gone from throwing a few bulbs in pots—mainly the leftovers from in-ground and forcing—to filling at least 8 big pots with tulip pairings, to use in front of the house (the biggest and therefore least portable ones) and in the courtyard (size and weight not quite as important). I use the term “bulbs in pots” rather than bulb-forcing, because the pots stay in a cold garage and come out at the normal time for hybrid tulips to bloom (that’s May, here). They come up like clockwork, regardless of how cold it gets in the garage. I have tried hyacinths, but these turn to mush for some reason; this year, I may give daffodils a try.
Right now there are 100 Prinses Irene; 100 Passionale; and 50 each of Black Hero, Orange Princess, and the embarrassingly-named Sensual Touch, ready to be packed into 8 (or so) pots. Whatever are left I can force, and those will be in smaller containers in the root cellar, to be used for house blooms in March.
Tulips in pots work because:
-the lack of reliable return does not matter
-my lack of good, sunny in-ground space does not matter
-it’s easy and fun to do
-they are protected from digging predators, and I’m thinking they’d be easier to protect from deer
-many other reasons I’m not thinking of right now
Does anyone else do this?
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Toronto Star garden columnist Sondra Day took a swipe at this promotional campaign in her October 20 column, calling it “thoroughly insulting to women” and observing that it “misses the mark completely.”
She got a letter from the Woodbine that used the usual key phrases like “first-time gardeners” and “young consumers,” assuring her that the campaign would be “… a massive, three-year, fully integrated effort that includes print and online advertising, PR, social and events.” I have not seen any evidence of the print part, but that’s not surprising since I don’t read any of the magazines that would be running it—the Woodbine blog mentions Real Simple, Parenting, and Shape as intended markets, and I have also heard it is in Better Homes and Gardens.
I’m glad that there is pushback on this silliness, which is expensive and, if continued, would surely have the effect of pushing up bulb prices if nothing else. I'm still not sure if it would convince anyone to buy more, or start buying them.