But, in March, I saw several green leaves poking through the ground around our tree. Kara had to put up with my nearly-daily reports on the growth prospects and quantity of our new tulips.
Then, it happened. As I was pulling out of the driveway, it looked like our tulips had been mown over. They were only stubs of their former selves. When I got out of the car, I saw that they had been completely chewed down to a nub. Deer. Our neighbor had warned us, and we had seen their rubbings all over our front trees, but I didn't honestly think they would touch any of our flowers. But they did. Now, we have pretty much given up hope on the chance of any tulip blooms this year, but we are hoping they can put together a recovery and come back in full swing next year. We won't forget the spray this time.
On the bright side, we were pleasantly surprised with the number of daffodils that are coming up around our house and trees. They are less than a week away from blooming, in my estimation, and we are pumped to have some flowers around our house soon!