The orange tulips were bought at a local hardware store late in the season about three years ago after everything else had been picked over. I since lost their variety name. They are mid-season and generally re-bloom each year and multiply.
Update: The orange tulips are 'Beauty of Apeldoorn.'
These are posted as part of a blog meme for Earth Month from FilterForGood Blog Meme Contest. The five actions I will pursue this summer to help out Mother Earth:
- Install a rain barrel at the rear yard. This will catch rain water from the roof downspout, and save it for use on the vegetable garden during hot summer months.
- Compost all kitchen vegetable scraps to cut down on household trash. Last year I got lazy and threw out more materials than I would want to.
- Turn off the modem and router when I leave the house during the day to save electricity. Currently they are left on all the time.
- Combine auto trips around town when running errands to reduce gas consumption, especially at weekends. This will take some planning at the beginning of each day.
- Install that extra blanket of insulation to cut down on heating and cooling loads in the house. All winter long, I have been meaning to add another layer to the existing 6-inches (15 cm) in the attic.
For The Record:
Light bone meal fertilzer in the fall
Blooming: Red peony tulips, poet daffodils, Beauty of Apeldoorn tulips, dogwood, grape hyacinth
Tomatoes germination, 7 days
Amaranthus germination, 4 days
Lagurus germination, 5 days
Cleome germinated, 11 days
Snapdragons germinated, 9 days