Tulips are beautiful spring blooms. When the snow begins to vanish from the garden you can see the bulbs poking through the ground.
Tulips are perennial plants that grow from bulbs. The bulbs are planted in the Fall and will grow and bloom the following spring. Tulips are associated with the Netherlands but they originated in Turkey.
When choosing tulip bulbs, look for plump ones, and plant with the pointed part up. They prefer a sunny location with fairly good drainage.
I have many varieties and colours of tulips.
Unfortunately squirrels will find tulip bulbs and eat them.
After the blooms fade, the flower stem should be cut off, but leave the leaves so that nutrients are sent back to the bulb for the following years bloom.
I have tried growing tulips in pots, with good success, so that they can be moved around to various places in the spring. When they were finished I did plant them all into the garden for the following year.
Ottawa, the capital city of Canada, has gorgeous blooms for the tulip festival.
The tulips in Ottawa started during the 2nd World War when Princess Juliana was safely staying in the city away from the ravages of war. The Princess gave birth to one of her daughters in an Ottawa hospital. Part of the hospital was declared to be international territory (temporarily) so the new baby could claim citizenship of the Netherlands. That year 100,000 tulip bulbs were presented to Ottawa as thanks. Each year the city receives 10,000 bulbs. If you ever have the opportunity to visit Ottawa during tulip festival you will be thrilled to see all the blooms. Unfortunately due to covid restrictions we have not been able to visit Ottawa for the past two years, but you can still see the displays online.
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