Posted: 17/04/2013 at 14:22
Liz, Spring bulbs need to be in the ground by mid October, the reason being they need a cold spell to waken them up, Hyacinths in pots for Christmas have been in a fridge to prepare them and start them off to bloom early.
You can grow bulbs in deep pots and even mix them and I do that as well as planting in the beds, they would go in as usual in September October and be left to winter.
Soil only a spit deep needs some work, why is it only a spit deep, builders rubble? clay? or other? would like some feed back on that.
A solution is to raise the beds either with slabs, bricks, or boards and put some good soil into the raised area, we are only talking six to nine inches higher and you could then deep plant bulbs and leave them then bedding on top after the bulbs are done.
It sounds as if you have lost your bulbs although you could pop them into pots with fresh compost and wait to see what happens.
next Autumn you will be able to buy bags full of bulbs and get them into the ground or deep pots ready for the arrival of Spring which this year in my part of the Country is four weeks late.