Do you remember my post about our compost bin? You can read all about it here. Well, the 'dirt' must be fabulous because these beauties were growing right out of the leaves back there. Last year, my hubby, God love him, dumped a container/pot of what he thought was old potting soil back there in the fall after the flowers were gone. He didn't realize that there was a biodegradable/compostable peat pot with all the bulbs still in it buried in that soil.
I guess I didn't, either, because I never questioned where they were ;) Anyhoo, this spring he tells me that there are red tulips growing out of the compost pile. I run back there and, lo and behold, there ARE red tulips growing out of the compost pile. MY red tulips. From last year. There also happened to be yellow daffodils and purple hyacinth growing UPSIDE DOWN in that pile. See...they were sold all together in the plantable peat pot last year. Even with no sun, those flowers grew. Upside down, into the dirt.
I wish I had gotten a few pics of THAT...it was weird. They were a little deformed, to say the least. I tried to salvage the bulbs, but there was all kinds of crazy going on in there.
My point is, though: compost. That is some RICH dirt!
Look at these beauties!
Something to note about tulips, if you didn't already know...no feeding. That is, no flower food necessary. They are a "low water level flower". Clean fresh water just about an inch or so high is all you need. Cut your stems to the desired length (at an angle and under running water) according to the vessel you are using (tulips need a little support, but are most beautiful with a slight bow, I think) and enjoy them...they don't last long!
Thanks so much for stopping by,