|Update: March 29, 2012||
|March is coming to a close and we can remember it for lots of weather surprises. In some gardens bare ground turned into red blossoms this month. What happened in your garden? Set aside the time to really look at your tulip plants. Borrow from Georgia O'Keeffe to exercise your artistic side! Don't forget to Ask the Expert this week.
This Week's Update Includes:
|Image of the Week|
|News: Garden Highlights|
|Up and Down Temperatures
Early warm temperatures across the Midwest and eastern parts of the continent have pushed tulips into bloom. Compare this spring's map with one year ago. What do you notice?
Warm temps bought tulips into bloom, but a turn in the weather caused concern.
|Explore: Short Stems?|
|Many gardeners have reported their tulip flower stems appear to be short this year. Some are so short, the flower is blooming barely above the leaves! What's going on? We asked our Test Garden Expert:
Record the length of your tulip parts (leaves, stems, etc.), then make a realistic drawing. Use this week's Journal page. Keep track of things you wonder about and send your questions to our Tulip Garden Expert!
|Credit: Carol Ann Margolis|
|The flower is rapidly forming and thus we are seeing some very short tulips! How short are your stems?|
|Focus: Continue to Capture the Season's Flowering Tulips|
sees a flower, really--it is so small--we haven't time, and
to see takes time,
|Gather your blooming tulips, or tulip pictures, paper, and chalk. Use this technique to focus and capture the beauty of a tulip flower, or any other wonder of spring.|
|Spotlight: Albany, New York|
|Veteran Test gardener Carol Ann Margolis has been planting tulip gardens in schools around Albany, New York for over 10 years. Albany holds an annual Tulip Festival each May showcasing over 100,000 tulips.
She encourages all Test Garden participants:
|Test Gardens: Maps and Journal Page|
|The map of North America reflects this spring's warm temperatures. Take time for observing your growing Test garden. If your tulips are blooming, what do the flowers look like? Are your flower stalks long or short? Gather your journals, markers, and rulers this week to draw a life-sized tulip plant.
|Questions?: Ask the Expert|
Special thanks to Mary Meyer for sharing her time and expertise to answer your questions! Beginning Friday, March 25, you will have two weeks to prepare and submit your questions to Mary Meyer.
the Expert Will be Open
|Come Back for the next Test Garden update April 5, 2012.|