This blog post is a special one.  I am going to share some tips on how to plant spring bulbs but first I have to share the story of why I am planting bulbs today in the first place.

I got the best gift in the mail the other day.  My daughter Samantha sent me a box of tulip bulbs to plant in our yard.

Here is the picture of her in her new home state of Washington.  A friend of hers to took her to a tulip farm shortly after she arrived in Seattle to start her new life after college.  She ordered the box of bulbs while she was there to be sent to me this fall.

I mean look at this place….

Tulips as far as the eye can see.  BREATHTAKING!!!  Information about their tulip festival can be found here.

You see tulips always remind me of Samantha.  She was born in May.  And all of the new life that comes with spring reminds me of her.  We are lucky to have her.  She tried to come early- like WAY early.  I was in the hospital and then on bedrest for months with her.  The day she arrived was one of the happiest days of my life.  I waited and prayed and followed doctor’s orders those months on bedrest.  When she finally arrived healthy- I was head over heels in love and more relieved than anyone could imagine.

That spring being home with her was such a special time.  I am probably the only parent on earth that loved waking up with her in the middle of the night.  It was just her and I- it felt as if the entire earth was asleep and we had the world to ourselves.

Our yard at the time was filled with tulips.  You see my mom worked in a garden center.  They had tulip bulbs from all over the world.  Unusual, one of a kind bulbs you couldn’t find anywhere else.  So when the bulbs got mixed up or were dropped and no one knew what kind of bulb they were- they went into a “surprise” bin.  You could plant them and wait and see what they were the next spring.  So that is what my mom brought be every time they visited that previous fall.  So I had a yard FULL of beautiful one of a kind bulbs.  That spring when they finally came up in our yard our baby girl had arrived.  This picture was taken with her in front of one of the tulip plants.

Yup, I look like I a baby myself.  I was 24 years old when I had her and now my baby is going to be 24 next May.

Every year on her birthday I call her up and sing My Girl, by the Temptations:

I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day
When it’s cold outside I’ve got the month of May
Well I guess you’d say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl (my girl, my girl)
Talkin’ ’bout my girl (my girl)
I’ve got so much honey the bees envy me
I’ve got a sweeter song than the birds in the trees
Well I guess you’d say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl (my girl, my girl)
Talkin’ ’bout my girl (my girl ooh)
Hey hey hey
Hey hey hey
Ooh yeah
I don’t need no money, fortune, or fame (ooh hey hey hey)
I’ve got all the riches baby one man can claim (oh yes I do)
I guess you’d say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl (my girl, my girl)
Talkin’ ’bout
It will forever be our song.  Because no one in the world makes me feel the way she does.  I am beyond honored to be her mother.
So you see, tulips have a special meaning for me.  And this year, the gift of tulips from her, means more than any other gift she could have given me.  I don’t need no money, fortune, or fame….I’ve got all the riches baby one man can claim.
Thank you for the beautiful beautiful gift Samantha!
So today I planted the bulbs from my baby.
Spring bulbs are actually planted in the fall.  Here is Roozen Gaarde’s guide to planting bulbs.  They come in so many colors, shapes, and sizes.  It would be hard to choose.  You can buy the bulbs here.
Planting them is easy.  First find a place in your garden with good drainage.
I start out by placing the bulbs in the places where I want them to go.
Place the bulbs about five inches apart.
Each type of bulb has to planted at a different depth- so check with your garden center for how deep they need to be planted.  Our tulip bulbs will need to be planted about 5-6 inches deep in the soil.

Cover them with rich loose soil.

Then wait!  You should begin to see your bulbs coming up in the spring.

I can hardly wait to for these bulbs to show in the spring.  Full of beauty just like “my girl”.


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