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Our fabulous assortment of spring-blooming bulbs just came in and I’ve already had a lot of questions.
What about tulips? Ah, here’s where we need to remember that tulips have a few challenges here—first, they’re edible—deer and squirrels WILL eat them. Second, they hate wet feet during their summer dormancy. Third, they don’t like our hot summers. So what do we do? I’ve got the answers!
Plant tulips DEEP—10 to 12 inches. Yeah, that’s deep—but squirrels don’t dig that far down AND voles also tend to tunnel in the top six inches so they’ll usually miss them, too.
An added advantage to going deep is that once you plant the tulips, you can cover them with soil to the six-inch depth and plant daffodils in that layer. You can even cover the daffodils and tuck in a few crocus or muscari right on top. The tulips will come right on up between the daffs!
This gives you a bouquet right in one hole—and with those nice NON-edible daffodils mixed in with those tulips, the deer will skip right over them.
Just so you’ll know: Narcissus is the botanical name; Daffodil is the CORRECT common name; Jonquil refers to a specific type of Narcissus—Narcissus Jonquilla. Southerners, in particular, mistakenly call all daffodils jonquils.
Come in now while the selection is great and let me help you fill your garden with beautiful spring color.