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Garden Wrap Up

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The first frost of the season is steadily approaching which means the end of the cutting gardens at Trisha's Flowers for the year. Things are looking very different since we've already pulled out quite a bit, and harvested some flowers for drying. We wanted to give you an update of how the garden went this summer, based on a blog post (check out the post here) we did this Spring telling you about some new techniques we were going to try.

First, let's talk about woven ground cover. This was our first year using this to help with weeds and let me tell you, it was worth it! The tarp almost completely eliminates weeds, and helps hold in moisture longer. Also, we saved a lot of time and money by not mulching the areas where we used the tarp. We definitely plan on using this again next year and are so happy with the results! Here's an example of what it looked like when we first planted:

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Next, we also tried doing a layer of wet newspaper, with top soil on top to plant seeds directly in. This also worked really well for us. The top soil was obviously weed free to begin with, which seemed to give the little seeds a head start in the growing process. Those areas did get some weeds, but much less than normal which is always a good thing.

Now we're getting ready to plant some more tulip bulbs, a few new peonies, and some anemones! All of these will go in the ground in the next days and they get us so excited for Spring! The peonies take 3 years to really flower, so we won't be seeing anything from them next year, but we look forward to introducing anemones again! Hope you're enjoying fall and these last few warm days before winter is upon us!

Tulip Care

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On the heals of the sunny daffodils comes our other spring staple, tulips! Here in the gardens at Trisha's Flowers we're bursting with colorful tulips! We thought you might like to know some of the ins and outs of tulip care.

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  • Tulips grow from bulbs which should be planted in fall, around October
  • You can expect to see your first tulips popping up late April to the beginning of May (depending on variety)
  • Tulips are perennials so you won't need to plant them every year. However, after the first couple of years, (depending on variety) they tend to not come in as nicely. For example, purple tulips will revert back to the more dominant colors of red and yellow after a few years. For the best blooms, you may need to replant every couple of years.
  • Once cut, they should last about 4-5 days.
  • Tulips actually continue to grow after they've been cut. You'll notice the stems getting longer and bending towards the sun while in your vase
  • There are a wide variety of tulips to choose from. From shape, size, and color you can find a little bit of everything. Some with fringed and twisted petals, streaks, multiple blooms per head, double the petals for a nice full bloom, short, tall and of course almost every color imaginable.

So, what are you waiting for!? Bring a little bit of Spring indoors with a handful of perky tulips, or start scheming your own flower beds for this fall!