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Hi lilly. Tulips can be tricky as they need to be in well drained soil and a sunny site so many people treat them as annuals and replant new stock each year. The dwarf Iris tend to be short lived and flower less each year. It's still quite early for lots of tulips and daffs so perhaps some still haven't come through yet, but if it's not that, daffs can get congested and come up blind so it's a case of splitting them and replanting. Have you perhaps planted the bulbs too deep, or are there other plants growing very close or on top of them preventing them coming through? Or are they waterlogged? They could have rotted if that's the case.
Squirrels will dig up bulbs but usually it's the smaller ones as they don't dig very deep down.
I think mice might be a reason for disappearing bulbs, ESP the smaller ones
I'm sure mice and voles eat my crocuses..
Some daffs persist better than others, Jetfire, Tete a tete, February Gold, these have been with me for years. Others flowered once or twice and then just leaves. Sweetness was one of those, beautiful scent but short-lived
I don't think tulips and bulbous irises would like the manure
I have this problem because of the heavy and over wet soil of clay and pesky lily beetles .
I fear they might be in my garden! I've found about ten bulbs this week alone that have been dug up by some thing scattered on the path to the green house.
Dig the area up and count the bulbs. If it is mice then the leave teeth marks in the bits of bulb that they do not finish. They tend not to like Daffs. I wonder if you have Narcissus bulb fly larvae - they eat other bulbs as well. You can tell when a bulb has been eaten by them as the hollow it out. I think it worth digging and seeing.
I fear the manure may be the problem, I have thousands of bulbs here, been in for more than 20 years, never fed, rubish soil, bulbs store all they need in themselves. I would also suggest digging them up and having a look, if they are not chewed, try planting them somewhere else.
I hadn't thought of mice lilly but it does sound like it's animal more than anything really if there's no problem with soil conditions. Not sure what you can do about that - apart from getting a cat!
Have you tried any in pots as an experiment to see if they fare any better?