Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Shirley Tulip Mystery

This is what the Shirley Tulips looked like every year before this year.

This is what they look like this year. I'm not sure what happened. It's funny, the Red Ridinghood Tulips (in the background) never bloomed this year, and the shape of the Shirley Tulip even seemed to change. But they are still lovely.


Blogger OldRoses said...

Bad news, Sylvana. I googled tulip diseases. "Viruses - Flower color may break or flowers may be distorted. Discard infected plants. Purchase virus-free plants."

6/01/2005 12:17 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

What kind of virus is it and how do they get it? That bed is full of tulips.

"Purchase virus-free plants" like they would tell you if they had viruses. How can you tell?

6/01/2005 8:33 AM  
Blogger OldRoses said...

The site wasn't specific about which virus. Department of Plant Pathology . If I were you, I would dig up and destroy all the affected tulips and any that were close by. Remember, the tulips that fueled the tulip craze in Holland in the 17th (?) century actually had a virus.

6/01/2005 10:52 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

It's supposedly the virus that makes Rembrandt Tulips striped and spotty. I never knew that the virus actually ended up hurting the bulbs themselves too. I had heard that you shouldn't grow them near lilies because it is lethal to them, though. They now have false Rembrandts (like the Gavota, for instance) that don't have the virus and are just mutants.

I'm not too stuck on these tulips anyway, and I don't like the name Shirley- she was an apartment manager from hell! now I have a good excuse to dig them up and perform some voodoo rituals with them. Bwahaha!

6/01/2005 12:15 PM  
Blogger crazygramma said...

When you do your voodoo rituals with the tulips please include the wild rose bushes I have been trying to get rid of for 3 years.

6/06/2005 11:28 PM  

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