Barefoot Bloom-essa.


You follow the Barefoot Contessa's advice in the kitchen, now it's time to channel her wisdom on your mantel.

In a recent Instagram post, the cookbook author and Food Network star shared a genius piece of advice for caring for tulips. "In the spring, I love seeing the blooming tulips and daffodils I have planted underneath the trees in my garden. It may not be spring in East Hampton yet but this flower arrangement reminds me of the garden – tall flowering peach branches with big purple tulips underneath," she captions a gorgeous photo of purple tulips with light pink Magnolia buds in an elegant glass vase. "And here's a pro tip: don't use too much water in the vase with tulips or they'll grow too fast and flop over!"

Fans of Garten were clearly pleased with her bit of knowledge, quipping, "Thanks for the tip! I have tried to figure out for years why they sprout up so quickly in the vase!" and "learn something new from Ina every time."

Indeed, winding up with a vase of floppy tulips is no fun. If you're growing your own tulips, Southern gardeners should treat tulips as annuals and plant bulbs in the fall if you live in a colder climate.

Check out more intel on tulip care and fun facts on the popular bulbs here.

We don't know about you, but all this tulip talk has us excited for spring. Now, Ina, can we hire you to do the floral arrangements for our next dinner party?