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Isn't that the truth - sometimes I think they do it just to tease us!
As nut says, they're very hardy but can be temperamental. Some folk have real trouble getting them to establish while for others they become invasive. Doesn't seem to be much middle ground!
Hi Lewis, I garden on heavy clay and think the display will look fine next Spring. The tulips probably won't come back very well the year after but the daffodils will probably love it. Some of the crocus types will do well, others may flag in subsequent years. Some large red or yellow tulips might repeat well depending on type, but I have to treat most of the fancy ones as annuals. Species tulips are a lot more tolerant:
I think it's down to the size/quality of the bulbs - if they're nice and fat you should be OK. Mine looked a bit on the small side to be fair - will buy them from somewhere else next time!
How old is the tree?
That'll probably be a queen building up her reserves before hibernating. Excellent photos!
I planted some in a large pot in Spring and they did nothing until August when they finally sent up shoots. They are about 10 inches tall now but no sign of a flower and they've been in the conservatory since it started getting cold. I'll either get flowers for Christmas or (far more likely) they'll continue to look like a bowl of wide grass until they die back! No doubt if I chuck them on the compost heap they'll decide to flower!
I've actually buried treasure rather than uncover it! Somewhere in the mortar used to build a circular raised bed is a gold ring which I didn't notice was missing until it was rather too late. Luckily the OH wasn't too upset and bought me another.
Lovely photo! It can happen if the inside gets wet (eg because of heavy rain.) Found another image online:
That sounds like it could be chlorosis. It can be caused by something as simple as overwatering, or a pH imbalance in the potting mixture. See the Wiki which gives some causes and advice:
and some from the RHS:
All of the leaves turned yellow and fell off of my orange tree once but they grew back after I repotted it.