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The disappearing Tulip

Where have all the tulips gone?

"Back in the 70's" - Saying that to one of your kids is just like saying "Back in the 40's" to a baby boomer. The point being, those were "ancient" times, as in, a l-o-n-g time ago.
   
The 70's... back when Disco was king and the Steelers "owned" the Lombardi trophy. We had a whole bunch more tulips blooming in home landscapes back then too!

You almost forget these sorts of things are missing, since they aren't there to remind you of their absence. Kind of an oxymoron.

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WOW! This pink and white flower show took my breath away. Tulip displays like this have become a rarity near Pittsburgh.

My first inclination was to capture some photos to share with web site visitors. My second thought was wondering how in the heck this homeowner prevented the tulips from being eaten by whitetail deer.

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This gets to the crux of the problem, all the deer residing in suburbia LOVE to eat tulips. Or is it suburbia residing in deer country?

Anyway, deer aren't fussy about what color the tulips are, and sometimes they lull homeowners into a false sense of security by not striking until the flower buds are just ready to open - CRUNCH - GOBBLE - YUM YUM!!
   
Therefore, since the 70's, Pittsburgh area gardeners have quit planting tulips since it is equivalent of buying expensive deer food.  Fortunately for spring flower scenes, daffodils still have a shot at completing their bloom cycle without Bambi's intercession since deer don't like daffodils.
   
Due to the absence of tulips in other places, let's take a look at some tulip photos and feel the deja vu of yesteryear...

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It only took a few yellow tulips to make a bold statement near Bridgeville

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Pink and white tulips brighten a lamp post planting in McMurray

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Deer shy away from this traffic island tulip bed in Upper St Clair

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This Mount Lebanon gardener may hold the key to having deer and tulips together... barricades!

Link: Flower bulb photos along with care and planting instructions

Bob

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