Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Tulips

Like a good girl last year after the tulips had finished & the leaves died off a bit I dug them up to store over the summer period.

Like a bad girl I kind of forgot to plant them again come the autumn.

Whilst perusing the garden on Sunday afternoon I noticed tulips popping through the soil. Staring at them for a good few minutes trying to remember when I had actually re planted them it dawned on me I hadn't & they were still in a tub in the greenhouse. The tulips that were in the ground had escaped my trowel last year.

Anyway I went to the greenhouse to retrieve said tub with the view of chucking some wizened bulbs away. I was wrong? Can you see green bits in the photo above? They had started to send out shoots. The best of them have now been re planted. They might or might not grow. I'm happy to take a chance.

The green bits could actually be greenfly as the bulbs were rather shockingly covered in them I assure you there were shoots from the tulips as well.

It just goes to show I need to improve my greenhouse hygiene & because of my slackness I will be buying one of those sulphur candle things this weekend to let off in the greenhouse.  

I shall be sending the lovely Mike in to do this, the same lovely Mike who came home with a bunch of chrysanths for me yesterday.

Enjoy your day.


26 comments:

  1. I have never dug my bulbs out of the ground, after all they grow and multiply all over the countryside and do a great job of it....so I figure why interfere and make yet another job for myself!!

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    1. I did it after a conversation in work. The chap I was talking to had a better display since he started digging them up & re planting them later. To be honest any I buy in future will be planted in pots.

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  2. Hopefully they'll do well for you. What a nice chap you have, lucky you!

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  3. I'm a naughty girl and never dig mine up!

    Make sure the lovely Mike is really careful those bombs can be nasty.

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    1. I'm not going to in future, I'm sure he will be & to make sure I shall watch him from the kitchen window.

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    2. last year was the first I I planted any including daffs so I thing I be leaving them in need to get my mojo back have pots calling for a tidy up

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  4. I'm glad you're getting some flowers from your tulips (and Mike of course ;) ), hopefully the late planted bulbs with also do well.

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    1. Yes lots of flowers, with a bit of luck they should come through.

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    1. I can't either, I do hope the later ones come through.

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  6. I grow most of my bulbs in pots and containers, so the task is a lot easier for me! Plants are amazingly resilient and will normally still grow even if not treated exactly according to the textbook, so I expect you will get a few decent tulips after all.
    P.S. I hope you like chrysanths!

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    1. I'm going to grow my tulips in pots in the future, I shall be treating myself to some more when the time comes. Hopefully yes as they had started shooting & yes I do like chrysanths.

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  7. Ahhh, Mike's redeemed himself after the weekend. I grow my bulbs in containers and then plant them in to the garden when they've finished flowering. The ones I planted out last year are now growing again, but I haven't bought any new tulips this year. I shall miss having a container display of them.

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    1. Yes with primroses & chrysanths. I'm leaving the ones in the ground & I'm going to buy some to pot up later on in the year.

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  8. I tend to treat tulips as annuals, so mine would have been binned if I had remembered to dig them up - but usually the squirrel who has been strangely missing this year does it for me! As you say you might as well plant them now as there is nothing to lose at this stage. Glad that Mike got you some flowers!! xx

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    1. With a missing squirrel perhaps you might get a display. I know someone who plants them each year to cut so hers are treated like annuals.

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  9. I plant all my tulips, in containers, which as Mark says makes life a lot easier. Flighty xx

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    1. Well my life will be a little easier next year. That's the way I'm going to do it in future.

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  10. Good luck to those tulips, I bet they will do fine!
    It's a good job that you have a 'lovely Mike' I could really do with one of those too!
    Love Jooles x x x

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    1. Thank you I'm sure they will. Yes he is a lovely Mike (usually).

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  11. I planted a dozen tulip bulbs about 25 years ago and they have multiplied and multiplied and I had over 150 flowers last year. The squirrels move them around the yard for me as I have tulips in many places that I didn't put them.

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    1. I'm going to leave these ones in the ground I think, I wasn't over keen on them last year so I shall see how they fare. I haven't seen a squirrel here for a few years now, no little helpers for me.

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  12. Am very impressed that you dug the bulbs out last year ... I just dig them out by accident when I plant something else!

    Hope they come up for you ...

    Love Claire xxx

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    1. First time ever, judging my the responses most people don't. I shall see how these ones do but I'm going to buy some bulbs later on in the year & put them in pots. There they shall stay.

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  13. They should be fine. I planted some very late a few years ago and they didn't mind :)

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