From Fall Bulbs To Spring Blooms

April 23, 2021 by Team Journey North

Tulips are blooming throughout the US and more are emerging in Canada. Remember to report your observations!

“With the weather turning a little cooler, the tulips are lasting longer.” Photo by: Lisa (Caro, MI; 04/19/2021)

Tulips Emerging

Tulip Test Gardens in Canada and Alaska are just starting to emerge. Spring takes a little longer to kick into gear farther north.

Denis in St-Constant, QC: “These pretty tulips will bloom soon.” (04/18/2021)

Sharon in Edmonton, AB: “We finally have 4 tulips poking through after planting 2 dozen bulbs. We had a mild and dry fall. Winter was mild until early February when we had 3 weeks of very cold temperatures. March was mild again, but very little moisture. It was one of the driest winters on record in Alberta. Temperatures are still going below freezing overnight so it has taken the frost a long time to come out of the ground.” (04/18/2021)

Alysia in Wasilla, AK: “On a balmy 64-degree sunny Monday, we spotted our first tulip leaves poking out of the dirt. We planted in several locations to compare. These first bulbs came up on the south side of the school, near the building. We expect that it will be awhile before we see the bulbs that were planted further away from the building sprouting. (There is still snow melting near that area).” (04/19/2021)

Tulips Blooming

Despite chilly weather, students in Minnesota are reporting blooming tulips. And in New Mexico, students are observing bulbs planted in the fall come to life!

Amy in Minnetonka, MN: “Our red and yellow tulips bloomed even when it has been cold in Minnesota!” (04/15/2021)

Alfreda in Tohatchi, NM: In New Mexico, blooming tulips were noted by ”Jewel, a 2nd grader from Tse’ii’ahi’ Community School.” (04/19/2021)

Report Your Observations

If you planted a Tulip Test Garden last fall, don’t forget to report twice: when tulips EMERGE and when tulips BLOOM.

Signs of Spring

What makes you think of spring? Are you noticing other signs of spring besides tulips? Report your other signs of spring to Journey North. Use the reporting category ‘All Other Signs of Spring’. 

Exploring Together

Looking for fun activities to do at home? Journey North has many informative educational resources and activities.

Check out resources related to When, Where and How Plants Grow, and how to Protect Your Tulips from Hungry Critters