I mentioned last week that I had a bad feeling about the tulips at Client #1's. Today that bad feeling was worse. There should be about 50 tulips coming up in the yellow Creeping Jenny that I planted last fall and another 200 in the general vicinity from years past. There are a few at least at the top of the yellow Creeping Jenny.
200 tulips have gone missing from this bed. Two came up.
There have never been tulips back here, but the Magnolia stellata is in full bloom and look, there is a group of daffodils I planted last fall blooming nicely.
Should be about 200 tulips in this island bed in the front half. The daffodils I planted last fall, 'Thalia' came up and are starting to bloom a tad early in this hot weather. Thalia is one of the latest daffodils, a show extender.
About 600 tulips have gone missing from this bed. Oh where, oh where are the tulips? I went looking. I dug a few holes where some sad looking tulip foliage was that would pull right out of the ground with minimal effort and looked chewed on the bottom.
I did not find any tulip bulbs in any holes I dug. No bulbs, no bulb bits or remnants, not even the brown tissue a bulb is wrapped in. There was nothing. No sign at all that a bulb had ever been anywhere in the vicinity. The small leaf on top was all that was left. Varmints!!! I am guesstimating up to two thousand tulips bulbs were et up over the winter.
The tulip display has been cancelled.
That my dear friends is why you plant daffodils. Even when the home owners move away, the gardener stops tending the grounds and the birch tree drops dead in pieces on the ground
The daffodils will go on.
The fence can fall down, blackberries and tree saplings can invade
And the daffodils will keep blooming.
There is something to be said for a poisonous bulb. Now the breeders could try to transfer the poison to tulips or transfer tulip colors to daffodils or both. Something needs to be done. Because it is near impossible to outsmart the most dimwitted of varmints.