I must be honest and admit that in my backyard, the squirrels have won. Until there is some bulb-breakthrough, I can't plant tulips again only to find that they were eaten by my pesky neighbors. I've sprinkled them with hot sauce, planted them under wire barriers, you name it and they are always gone by Spring.
My message here is two-fold. If you have luck with tulips, it's time to get out there and plant. If you have my situation, it's time to promise yourself a trip to Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan. There are 6 million tulip bulbs planted and ready for us to ooh and ahhh over the first week or so in May. Next year the Holland Tulip Festival is May 3-10th, 2014 and I am going.
My last visit was in 2007 and I miss it! When the tulip fields are blooming, my heart swells.
These "Angelique" tulips (above) look like peonies, don't they?
When something this lovely happens only once a year, it is worth it to get out your calendar and commit. Before school picnics and soccer matches dictate your weekends, write "Tulip Time" on your calendar the first weekend in May (I just did!).
That way, when you are scheduling your entire Spring, you can glance at your calendar and say, "Oh gosh, I'd love to, but I'll be at Tulip Time enjoying 6 million tulips that day. Maybe the next weekend?"
Ha! But you know I'm serious. If you don't put it on the calendar now, it gets very hard to find the time later. Post some pictures from your trip on my Moments of Delight Facebook Page, ok?