Walnuts and tulip bulbs. These two items crossed my mind all week. You will probably wonder what have walnuts and flower bulbs to do with one another? I will explain.
An old farmer once told me, a lot of walnuts, is a forecast for a severe winter to come. I am believer of this kind of folk wisdom. So every year I asked him about the walnut harvest. Apart from the information I got about his walnuts, I was always pleased to hear his deep voice in Zeeland dialect.
The old farmer does not live anymore, but in the meantime I have a mature walnut tree myself. I used to order my flower bulbs based on the quantity of nuts. The idea is: if there are a lot of nuts - cold winter - I ordered some extra early tulip bulbs. In the years with few nuts - mild winters - I ordered some extra late species.
The idea sounds nice, but in practice there seems to be no connection whatsoever between walnuts and winter. It is better to buy early, as well as middle and late tulip varieties. By doing so you will be certain to have your tulips in bloom when the garden is open to the public!
I already placed my order for next year’s flower bulbs, but last week doubts have crept up. Did I do the right thing? Because as I am working in the vicinity of the walnut tree, I constantly hear: ... pats, ploing, pats. It's raining walnuts!
I feel a little bit of stress and re-read my flower bulbs order again. Is my order sufficiently balanced? Or should I again be guided by old folk wisdom and order some extra early tulips?
Walnut in the tree.
My walnut harvest.
Should I order more early tulips?
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