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Agree with Dottie daffs. and narcissi a bit of a non event this year. But the tulips !! Stunning this year.Anyone else finding the same ?
Can't agree re the daffs. Ours are the best I've ever seen them, banks and banks of many different varieties all flowering beautifully. Usually we have a few flowerless patches (over crowded, but there are too many to manage them properly), but not this year.I can't really comment on tulips as we only have a couple. They are a strange looking plant imo. I don't hate them, but I don't like them enough to plant any.
Agree with ES - I'm surprised to hear that about the daffodils where you are, Sandra. They've been glorious in my neck of the woods and you don't live that far away. Haven't seen so many tulips around apart from on the Front in Eastbourne where they are wonderful.
To be honest think the daff. problem was my fault. We were away last year at the time you allow them to die back. Son decided to clear the leaves before the bulbs took in food for the next year.Like his Father, would not know a weed from a plant and has no interest. Thought he was helping and could not bring myself to be angry at the time. Believe me - he knows now !
my daffs are nearly almost done, got about 20 still in flower, and look the best they ever had, and i am starting to loose my twolips now, they don;t like the gloomy cold and windy weather - one thing i will say about my tulips though, is i had about 7 different colours, this year for some reason nearly all of them are yellow, or yellow with red tinges on the edges of the petals, so i don;t know what happened there.but both daffs and tulips have looked gorgeous this spring.
Hi SamDid reply to rose thread !My tulips are now glorious due to the fact they are in shade ! Bunged 'em anywhere else and think , like yours , they would be coming to an end. Think the odd colour tinge is quite usual as those delicate petals react to any vast difference in temp., wind, a bad hair day, who knows ?Still love them as so statuesque and never need staking !
If you are given cut tulips, put a squirt of Fairy Liquid in the water and it should stop them from drooping.
"If you are given cut tulips, put a squirt of Fairy Liquid in the water and it should stop them from drooping."Thanks for that tip. I love Tulips in early spring, you just shove them in a vase and overnight they arrange themselves beautifully !!!
Tulips droop because the stems carry on growing. If you cut the stems shorter they will not droop over. If they do then just cut them again. It works every time.
My Daffs were also great this year and living in Monmouthshire there were loads on the roadsides/roundabouts etc but they didn't last as long as other years because we had a spate of very warm weather when they came into bloom. I've got red and yellow Tulips in the garden now. Many thanks for the tips for Tulips by the way. Also lots of Bluebells in the garden with some white ones here and there. Does anyone know the reason why some are now white.
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