In the fall, after the hard garden labors of the season are coming to an end, it is easy to forgo bulb planting. And then you see this: Colorblends’ new Above the Cloud tulip combination and immediately set out to find planting spaces in the garden. Planted en masse, this blend is simply stunning. Shorter white tulips create a cloud effect over which tall cup-shape tulips in red and gold appear to be suspended in air.
Height: 16–22 inches
Bulb Size: 12cm+
Soil: Well drained
Bloom Time: Mid-spring
Depth: 5 inches
USDA Zones: 3–7 (pre-chill 7b–10)
Density: 5 per sq. ft.
BONUS: Once you start envisioning how beautiful your garden will look next spring with a fresh flush of tulips in bloom, you will want more. So do we! We are also falling hard for Colorblends’ Ala Ska blend for its over-the-top color that is most welcome after months of brown-, gray- or white-saturated gardens.
Ala Ska has purple double-petal tulips coupled with white and pink semi-double flowers to form an intense carpet of color. It is punctuated with purple lily-flower tulips that are kissed with white at the base.
Tulip Tips: Deer love tulips, there is no doubt about it. This may account for the increasing popularity of container-grown tulips. But take heed: Deer will venture onto decks and patios. Our best advice? Treat both the gardens and containers with deer repellant, available in countless store-bought varieties and just as many home brews. It is wise to take steps to protect your bulbs from grazing deer.
What has worked for us:
Milorganite. I scatter this generously throughout the gardens. It is not marketed as a deer repellent, but as a natural fertilizer, yet it will deter deer.
Home brews. Simple is best. I mix several eggs in a 5-gallon bucket of water, let it sit in the sun, then sprinkle lightly around the gardens. It does have a nasty small, no other way to describe it, but it works for me.
Do you have a recipe for deer repellent? We would love to hear it!