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Shame that your Tulips are not what you wished to purchase. To be honest, I've bought from various suppliers, that I do, in general, trust, and had problems. I've had various packs of bulbs and plants, that turned out be NOT what I'd ordered, or NOT what was printed on the packaging, or within the catalogue. On each occasion, I have called the supplier, explained the situation, and they have either replaced, with the correct goods, or refunded my money. So even our 'trusted' suppliers make mistakes.
I planted my tulips in troughs this year, and they have been spectacular (sorry to rub it in). The only disappointment was that the deep burnt-orange ones were a bit more peachy. I had intended a full colour clash with strong purple and deep red, but it didn't quite go to plan. But I'll try again next year.
btw am I the only one who doesn't see the point of yellow tulips? After all the yellow daffs, I want something different - and love the strong colour splash that tulips can offer. Yellow tulips just seem - well, a bit of the same colour palette, and a bit boring as a result.
I bought most of my tulips in the sale in January(100 bulbs for a tenner), they are going great guns. I planted all of them in pots. They have had very little water and I was worried that they would all be stunted but not so.
I was going to throw caution to the wind and go tuplip mad this autumn but these stories of loss are making me think twice.
I had good success in (a few) pots last year (dry winter, wrm dry spring) but this year they've not been so good (wet winter, warm dry early spring) - though the colours stayed true. I'm going to plant them in the borders this year after a good feed and hope for the best
I had approx 400 tulips to plant last Autumn. I left it late to avoid desease. Most went in one big bed, the rest in pots. The pots were really disappointing. Only 2 gave a full show, whilst the other pots, maybe 4 or 5, either only leafed up and no flowers at all, or only 1 or 2 flowers per pot. The bed planting, has surpassed my hopes and expectations, especially as I know I lost a fair few to the field mice. So maybe I won't bother with pots next year? How long are Tulips supposed to last in situ anyway? I don't left and store them.