Tulip Garden Update: December 11, 1998
 Today's Report Includes:

Make Room For More Gardens!
Another 119 Journey North Gardens have been planted! After adding today's data to your map you'll have a grand total of 264. If you've planted your garden haven't reported it yet, please do so right away.

You'll notice some plantings are dated January, 1999. Because these gardeners live in warm regions (Zones 8-11), they are waiting to until next month to plant. But here's what's happening to their tulips according to our Official Garden in Kingwood, TX:

"Our bulbs are chilling in the 'fridge right now! We will plant them during our first week back from winter break. It was 80 degrees on November 28th. Our usual cold weather comes in late January and early February. Greetings from Texas!"

This has been an unusually warm fall. Just read these comments from Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Kentucky:

"The average daily temperatures are approximately 22 degrees above the normal temperature range of 40 degrees," say 7th graders in Ms. Hadaway-Nelson's class in Erie, PA (42.12 N, -80.)

"We planted our garden on Dec. 2nd, in balmy 61° weather. This is quite unusual for Providence, R.I. where the average temperature for this time of year is in the 40° range," report Ms. Watterson's 5 grade class (41.81 N, -71.40 W).

And from Nicholasville, KY (37.85 N, -84.55 W): "Our class completed the garden in 70 degree weather. We are close to breaking temperature records in Kentucky. There are still lots of earthworms at the top of the soil."

How might this affect your tulips? Consider this:

Challenge Question #4
"It has been as warm as spring in many places, so why aren't the tulips emerging and blooming yet?" (You're welcome to dig up a bulb or two and tell us what's happening underground!)

Discussion of Challenge Question #2
Like Roses or Birthdays?

"Will the date that tulips are planted this fall affect when they emerge and bloom next spring?" we asked? What do you think? Nobody knows the answer yet! As you map your data today, revisit this question. Here's what other students are thinking:

"We are a class of fourth and fifth graders in New York. We talked about Challenge Question #2. Here are our thoughts: David thinks if you plant tulips earlier in the Fall they will come up earlier in the Spring. He thinks this is so because tulips need a certain amount of time to bloom. They take the time even if you plant them late. He thinks tulips work the same way roses do. Ashley thinks tulips will come up at their time of the Spring whether you plant them late or early. She thinks it's like the tulips having a birthday. It comes at the same time each year no matter what.

From Academy School in Brattleboro, VT: "Our class thinks the date of planting does affect the date that they emerge and bloom next spring. If they are planted early, they would come up early. If they two gardens and plant one early and one late and see which one comes up first."