Fall, spring, and all year round, one of my favorite color combinations is orange and purple. Add a sprig of green, and I'm in secondary color heaven.
And what better way to indulge than with the tulips "Prinses Irene" and "Purple Prince"?
The bulbs were planted this weekend. In this neighborhood, hungry suburban animals thrive on tulips: in the fall the bulbs are dug up by squirrels, and in the spring the flowers are nipped off by rabbits. Past years, I've covered the bulbs with a layer of chicken wire. Today, I had a flash as I was tossing around the Bulb-Tone. Why not use peony hoops as a deterrent? I recollect seeing a similar set-up in the garden of the Longfellow House in nearby Cambridge.
I just placed the hoops directly on the ground over where the bulbs had been buried and secured the hoops with the wire legs. I'm a lazy gardener who's looking to escape as much of the fall clean-up as possible. This way, the hoops don't even have to be washed and put away. Could it really be so simple?