Update: February 3, 2011

Welcome to the Tulip Test Garden experiment! Somewhere across the vast continent tulips have emerged. Why are some tulips emerging while others are not? What does climate have to do with it? Pick a garden and gather questions. What special factors will help you predict when it will emerge and bloom? Lots of questions this week and a guide to help you find out more.

Today's Report Includes:

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Maps: Seeing Some Green!

We now have a total of 410 gardens reported as PLANTED! Keep your eye on the maps — they are changing daily as daylight lengthens and spring approaches. Just 6 gardens are reported as EMERGED. Look for the green triangles on today's maps. Can you find them all? (Hint: use the magnifier tool on the frame of the mapserver.)

The growth of little sprouts may have come to a halt this week. Temperatures in Humble and Dallas, Texas have turned cold with highs in the 30s and lows in the teens. What will happen to the little tulip sprouts?

NA map
Europe map

(North America)
Compare: Why are YOUR Tulips Emerging but MINE Aren't?

Why are some plants emerging from the ground while others are covered with a foot of snow? Why are some places on Earth warm, while others are cold, or wet, or dry? Your gardens can help us learn about climate zones and provide data to help monitor the climate.

One of these garden site photos was taken in Okinawa, Japan, the other was taken in New Brunswick, Canada. Can you tell which one is which?

Try This!
Select a Journey North garden from another climate zone to explore. Find the latitude, longitude, temperature, daylength, and other factors special to the place that might affect climate and plant growth there. Gather information using these references or others available.

Factors to Investigate:

How accurate will your predictions be?

snow in january

tulip planting
Is your garden climate warm, or cold—wet or dry?


Forget to Report?
Have you forgotten to report your garden as planted? There is still time to get your data into the experiment! Press the word "Sightings" on the navigation bar at the top of this page.
  • Report your Tulips PLANTED or Emerged
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More Journey North Lessons and Teaching Ideas!

The Next Tulip Garden Update Will Be Posted on February 10, 2011.