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    A Dutch touch to the lake place

    Coming back from my grandma's funeral last September, I decided to plant some tulips at the lake.
    Kind of a tribute to grandma and the Dutch heritage of West Michigan.

    I drilled out 180 holes and treated them all before planting the bulbs. Many, including the wife, rolled their eyes at the amount of work that went into the planting in late November.

    I am pretty happy with the outcome. My Holland "Tulip Festival" at the lake.
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    Looks great.


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    Congrats on the results!
    Grandma was watching over them...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MR.HAPPY View Post
    Congrats on the results!
    Grandma was watching over them...
    Every spring I wished I had planted in the previous fall. After grandma's funeral in West Michigan in September, I had some motivation to carve out the holes in the rocky soil at the lake and prep the holes for the bulbs.

    Happy Tulip Festival!

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    do you have to pull the bulbs or will them bloom every year? I don'y know anything about Tulips

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    Quote Originally Posted by THE GHOST View Post
    do you have to pull the bulbs or will them bloom every year? I don'y know anything about Tulips
    I am learning that myself. (kind of embarrassed as the third generation off the boat from the Netherlands, who grew up working in and building greenhouses.)

    I guess this is the procedure...

    Deadhead tulips as soon as they go by, but do not remove the leaves! (that is cutting off the dead bloom)

    Allow the leaves to remain on the plants for about 6 weeks after flowering. The tulips need their foliage to gather energy for next year’s blooms. (That helps them seed?)

    After the foliage turns yellow and dies back, it can be pruned off. (Conserve energy)

    Large varieties may need replanting every few years; small types usually multiply and spread on their own. (We may have blooms for a few years and the bulbs will produce their offspring bulbs below the surface)

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    Looks great but more importantly, excellent way to show respect to where you came from. So important to carry on the small core values that were gifted to us by our fore fathers (and mothers).

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    Very Nice Tribute
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