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Shadow_Ferret
05-16-2008, 07:16 PM
We moved into our home 3 summers ago.

3 summers ago we had yellow tulips on the side of the garage.

2 summers ago we had yellow tulips on the side of the garage.

1 summer ago we had yellow tupips on the side of the garage.

This year? They're white with purple etching.

WTF?

Tink
05-16-2008, 07:20 PM
*twilight zone music playing*

Seaclusion
05-16-2008, 07:23 PM
Two thoughts:

1: Cross pollenation with someone elses tulips (can you imagine someone letting their tulips run around cross pollenating all over town.

2: Self-varigation. I understand temperature and environmental conditions will cause tulips to varigate themselves. (bit early for all this sex talk isn't it)

Richard

Jaycinth
05-16-2008, 07:26 PM
We moved into our home 3 summers ago.

3 summers ago we had yellow tulips on the side of the garage.

2 summers ago we had yellow tulips on the side of the garage.

1 summer ago we had yellow tupips on the side of the garage.

This year? They're white with purple etching.

WTF?

NEENER, NEENER NEENER...YOU CAN'T CATCH ME!!!!!

P.H.Delarran
05-16-2008, 07:27 PM
revenge of the squirrels.
are squirrels and ferrets natural enemies?

writin52
05-16-2008, 07:30 PM
We moved into our home 3 summers ago.

3 summers ago we had yellow tulips on the side of the garage.

2 summers ago we had yellow tulips on the side of the garage.

1 summer ago we had yellow tupips on the side of the garage.

This year? They're white with purple etching.

WTF?
A mad garden gnome ran amok and :ROFL:replaced your yellow tulips with white and purple ones for spite :roll:

Siddow
05-16-2008, 07:30 PM
Yeah, it's cross-pollination, most likely. My neighbor's red roses turned my blue ones, dammit. (okay, they were really violet, but they're called Blue Girls and they were beyootiful)

Rolling Thunder
05-16-2008, 07:34 PM
I have to go with Self-variegation. I don't think bulbed plants can cross pollinate, but this is just my thought on the subject.

James81
05-16-2008, 07:40 PM
It means it's time to visit the eye doctor and get your eyes checked.

Liam Jackson
05-16-2008, 07:44 PM
Changes in soil PH will result in color variations of several plants. Hydrangeas are a notorious example. Not sure about tulips. Just a thought.

Shadow_Ferret
05-16-2008, 07:58 PM
Not that I'm complaining, mind you. These purple ones are a lot prettier than boring yellow. :) I just wondered how things like that happened. Not being a botanist, I had no idea plants could spontaneously change color.

revenge of the squirrels.
are squirrels and ferrets natural enemies?
Considering we're carnivores and eat rodents, I'd say, Yes. :)

Williebee
05-16-2008, 08:02 PM
I wonder if there is some kind of tulip variant that only comes up every 4-5 years.

I wonder, if the tulips aren't yellow, maybe the yellow migrated to somewhere else in the house or neighborhood.

"Honey, have you seen the neighbor's cat lately?"

Jersey Chick
05-16-2008, 08:10 PM
Liam beat me to it... my mother's hydrangeas have changed. Of course, her roses have also joined forces - there used to be red and white, now they're all a pale pink.

Adam Israel
05-16-2008, 08:22 PM
It's a glitch in the Matrix.





Sorry about that.

JoeEkaitis
05-16-2008, 08:28 PM
It's something the Commies are doing.

Siddow
05-16-2008, 08:35 PM
http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/bulbs/faq/tulips.html#2

According to these folks, it's caused by a virus that probably came from the soil, from the bulbs being in the same place every year. I read something similar on an edu site, how they introduce a virus to the bulbs to create different colors, so it kinda makes sense.

Your tulips have herpes. :)

Joycecwilliams
05-16-2008, 08:52 PM
We moved into our home 3 summers ago.

3 summers ago we had yellow tulips on the side of the garage.

2 summers ago we had yellow tulips on the side of the garage.

1 summer ago we had yellow tupips on the side of the garage.

This year? They're white with purple etching.

WTF?

I believe if tulips have streaking in them it has a virus or disease... I plant tulips every year... and they never come up. :(

Joycecwilliams
05-16-2008, 08:53 PM
http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/bulbs/faq/tulips.html#2

According to these folks, it's caused by a virus that probably came from the soil, from the bulbs being in the same place every year. I read something similar on an edu site, how they introduce a virus to the bulbs to create different colors, so it kinda makes sense.

Your tulips have herpes. :)

Thanks Siddow ...

I know I read that somewhere but couldn't find it...

HeronW
05-16-2008, 11:09 PM
Bees pick up nasty ass pollen from under lamposts in bad neighborhoods and drop it into your pure boring yellows and VOILA! Floozy Tulips!

Jersey Chick
05-16-2008, 11:10 PM
Nasty ass pollen... what's ass pollen?? ;)

Shadow_Ferret
05-16-2008, 11:23 PM
I believe if tulips have streaking in them it has a virus or disease... I plant tulips every year... and they never come up. :(
I'll take a picture and post it. It's not "streaking" per se, it's a white tulip and the edges of the petals are purple.

Maybe it's global warming.

Shweta
05-16-2008, 11:32 PM
Global purpling.

CDarklock
05-16-2008, 11:32 PM
This year? They're white with purple etching.

It's a message from God. See, you ask for them, and when they show up - you just say "WTF" and walk away.