Like many of you winter has gone on long enough! I've been waiting for Spring for what seems like forever. I'm now counting down the days until I see my grass again. I still have over 3 feet of snow in my yard and just when I think we are melting the mounds of snow we get more........YUCK!!!! The other day driving home from work I saw a sign that spoke loud and clear "Dear Mother Nature, we really need to talk." I thought that was very appropriate considering our current conditions.
So instead of waiting for the crocuses, tulips and daffodils to find their way through all the snow, I decided to pick up some flowers from the grocery store and photograph them in my studio.
Tulips are beautiful springtime flowers, but there is one small problem that I have, they are known as deer. Yes they are beautiful, but after a long winter they are very hungry. And deer love tulips! I Love having the deer around, but not eating my tulips.
Come fall when it's the perfect and best time to plant your tulip bulbs, I try planting some of my own again. I'm going to try a little experiment though. For the most part deer don't like daffodils, so I'm wondering if I plant tulips and daffodils together if that will be enough to protect the tulips. I could also use chicken wire to cover the bulbs, but deer will eat the tulips leaves too. As a last resort I could get me some coyote urine.........not sure about that though.
So with all that said, yes I will try growing tulips for next spring. I'll add all the necessary deterrents to keep the deer from eating my tulips. Except maybe the coyote urine. And in the fall I will post all that I have done to try to protect my tulips. Then in the spring we'll see what works and what doesn't.
In the mean time I will enjoy the tulips I got from the store.