2006 report on Tulip Fire
Well, folks I have learned some things and come to some conclusions I want to share with you. You will remeber that I lost about 1600 tulips last year that had been set into new ground so technically would not have blight. And that I WAS RUDELY DISMISSED BY THE HORTICULTUIST FROM VAN ENGELEN WHEN I WANTED TO TALK ABOUT IT,
WELL, THIS PAST FALL, BECAUSE OF THE ABRUPT AND RUDE REPLY I ORDERED AS MANY OF MY BULBS ELSEWHERE, NAMELY FROM COLORBLENDS WITH ONLY A FEW ITEMS NOT OBTAINABLE ELSEWHERE FROM VAN ENGELENS. WELL gUESS WHICH ONES WERE STILL BLIGHTED THIS YEAR IN ANOTHER NEW BED WITH MORE SUNSHINE?
MOST VARIETIES HAVE haD AN OCCISIONAL TULIPS WITH SPOTS BUT PROBABLY NOT MORE THEN 6 OUT OF 100...BUT SOME VARIETIES haVE BEEN AS HIGH AS 50%. WANT TO GUESS WHERE I BOUGHT THOSE?
here is what I think is happening. I think that in Holland and the big grower fields, so many chemicals are used that the bulbs have lost their ability to fight off the pathodens and funguses naturally. I also think that the spores grow deep in the heart every of the bulbs too minutely to show up on their forms of testing. Now if those same bulbs are planted here with the fungacides and dusts they use then you will not see the problem, or if you live in a climate that is not comfortable for the funguses. However, I am in an area much like Holland...ocean fogs damp spring mornings, abundant rain and mild warm spring days. And I garden organically..it is part of who we are as a business and yes, I have had customers order parrot tulips to stuff for Easter dinner hour de'vores!
Now my Colorblends still have occassional spots but by removing that single flower or leaf the rest of the flowers have been gorgeous!
Until we stand up to the growers and refuse to buy their chemicaly dependent products they will continue to produce them in the same fashion. So this year they will get a letter from me and Colorblends will get a big order. I will try out some other non asociated specialty bulb companies and see how their flowers do, even if I can only afford some for my personal gardens. And I will probably try Johnny's organic tulips.
My French blends have been spectacular and just as promised from Colorblends. Parrot mix was a bit weak on the red ones but wonderful on the apricot and orange ones. Will be trying more of their blends next year but wuld also like to see more offered individually, including the fringed ones.
Been trying to garden with a horrible virus this week. Cauht it from DH and told on him to Dr. Dr ordered him to come in and found he had been walking around with pneumonia for 2 weeks! Mine had not progressed quite to that point but we are on same meds. Coughing spasms like whooping cough! Not much hard labor done this week.
Must get Jeanne's Highand white dreams Daisies and Poochellas dahlias into pots this week before taking off to youngest daughters college graduation next THurs. (And flower delivery cross state run!)
And yes, I will get better fast because I have to and my garden partner is on vacation last week and this week!