I love tulips.
In the past I've grown black ones like this:
And pink and white striped ones like these:
But as much as I like them,
I don't plant tulips anymore
because the voles
that tunnel secretly underground
think I have planted the bulbs
for their dining pleasure.
Theoretically, I should be able to plant them in a vole-proof pot like this:
In reality, the ones I grow in pots
never look as good as the ones you see in photos.
They end up with pale foliage or blossoms that unfold too quickly
and blow away with the first gust of wind.
Somewhere, a few voles are having a good laugh at my expense.