For the first week of May 2013 the intersection of Summer, Maple and Brooks Streets was abloom with 400 tulips, courtesy of Maynard Community Gardeners [www.maynardgardeners.org]. See photos.
Every plant, planted, is a commitment to the future. Some commitments take longer than others. Nut-bearing trees take tens of years to reach good yields. Flowering bulbs, on the other hand, represent a gardener's shortcut. Because commercial bulb growing operations produce bulbs of optimal size, all the gardener has to do is make a hole in the ground, step back, and wait until spring.
|Corner of Maple and Brooks Streets, first week of May 2013|
|Summer and Brooks Streets, first week of May 2013|
And then, they are gone. The tulips that maxed out the first few days of May were mostly depetaled stems by the 10th. These are being deadheaded to minimize any waste of plant energy. The leaves will be left alone until they turn brown and wither. By then it will be easy to pull the stems out of the ground, leaving the newly formed bulb to wait until next spring. Expectations are that most of the planting will reappear next year, just not as tightly synchronized for height and timing.