Posted by: Kath Usitalo | October 19, 2011

Get Your Bulb Bearings And Think Spring

A page from a vintage school book

Have you planted your tulip bulbs yet?

In Michigan—and I suspect in most of the Great Lakes Region—it’s not too late to plop your tulip, daffodil, hyacinth, crocus and other spring-blooming bulbs into the ground for your springtime bloomin’ pleasure.

It’s an easy gardening task but each year, it seems, I put it off and plant the bulbs later and later in the season. In 2010 I barely made it with a frigid digging session on December 31.  (At a certain age, tulip bulb planting counts as a wild and crazy New Year’s Eve activity.)

The tulip bulbs I planted on New Year's eve popped this spring (catalog photo)

The Greenland Tulip bulbs I planted on the last day of last year did flower in the spring and they looked something like the specimens in the catalog photo.

As the page from the old book states, Michigan is a major source for bulbs; check out Veldheer in Holland, a family operation that’s been around since 1950.

I haven’t visited De Bruyn Seed in Zeeland, but you can order online and find good planting tips at the De Bruyn website.

For Great Lakers tired of months of snow and cold weather there’s nothing like spotting the first sign of color in the yarden as the spring bulbs pop and promise that warmer days are on the way. So worth time spent digging in the dirt now.

Good luck and good planting!

Plan Ahead Tip: If you’re a real fan of the spring bloomers you’ll want to mark your calendar to see millions of them lining the streets and filling fields in Holland during the annual Tulip Time Festival, May 5-12, 2012.

DeZwaan Windmill, Holland, Michigan

Visitor Info Clicks: 

Holland, Michigan

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Related Posts:

Too Late For Tulips?

Tulip Bulbs On New Year’s Eve



  1. Beautiful!!

    I planted those same tulips and loved them SO much! Altho I didn’t plant them on New Years Eve–that’s an interesting idea!

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