I had grand plans. GRAND I’m telling you. These plans involved a massive field of tulips, perfect for Mother’s Day themed photos. Gorgeous shades of pink, red, peach and purple, with soft white sprinkled in. I found the perfect supplier, loaded up my online cart and BAM I was gonna create something magical.
Well, I ordered 200 bulbs from Dawn Cosgrove (if you love everything flowers, you need to go to her website right now!) and thought I was all set. I would plant my tulips in the fall and have a gorgeous set for Spring. What I didn’t realize is that 200 bulbs won’t get you far when you’re trying to plan out an epic field for photos. Oops.
I planted the bulbs in the fall, and as I was planting began to realize that 200 tulip bulbs would not cover the amount of space needed to pull off a garden with the right size for a photo set. I ended up with a tiny little plot of land. Not gonna lie, this made me feel like crap for a while. I had publicly told my friends about my tulip garden. It was gonna be a THING.
Here’s the thing, tulips are about shin height, and to make any big impact in a photo, especially a photo with humans in it, you need a LOT of them. So, I was a bit hamstrung at the start of this endeavour by massively underestimating the number of bulbs involved. Months later, I’ve pivoted, and my flower field will now be a field of sunflowers (easier for me to plant and more cost effective for the scale I’m attempting). I am a bit salty with myself that I didn’t plan my tulip utopia properly but I learned from the experience and now I’ll have an expansive sunflower field for August and September photo shoots.
Right now, I’m enjoying the tulips that do pop up. I go out and check them every day, and cut small bouquets to photograph. This has been a delight. I rarely have the opportunity for personal photography projects and I’m pushing myself to create still life portraits of tulips in my dark basement. I’ll 100% be ordering more bulbs from Dawn this fall to slowly slowly build this tiny tulip garden into something more.