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Identify a yellow flower from a bulb

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 21:30

Well I have no memory of planting them. In fact, I was puzzled as to what was growing when I saw them appear after my daffs and tulips started dying off. But I'm pretty sure I bought them in Lidl. It was only when flower heads started appearing that I was sure they were new flowers and not some strange dead heads from the earlier tulips.

So if you don't buy them online in the meantime, keep an eye out for tulip 'premium bulbs' in Lidl around September. They're usually £2.29 for a small pack, or £4 for two. The same price applies to their other premium bulbs throughout the year.

Identify a yellow flower from a bulb

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 19:01

Thanks for the links above. From that site, it looks like I may have Compostella/Antionette tulips:

If I knew they bloomed late, I'd have bought more! They look very nice.

Identify a yellow flower from a bulb

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 18:44

Oh, I didn't know some varieties grew multiple flowers!

Also, my other tulips bloomed ages ago and are now pretty much finished for the year (today's heavy rain has knocked a lot of the fading petals off the stems), so I didn't expect other tulips to suddenly pop up after them.

Are these yellow ones likely to bloom later than the red ones every year, or is it just because it's their first spring?

Identify a yellow flower from a bulb

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 18:20

Can anyone tell me what these flowers are. They're grown from bulbs, with each stem ending in three or four heads that turn into yellow and red cup-shaped flowers. They look a bit like tulips, expect for having multiple heads per stem:


How long do bulbs take to sprout?

Posted: 04/04/2014 at 11:20

Well to answer my own question, this morning I noticed the tips of three of my seven lilies have just popped through the soil. I planted them 6" deep and it took just under a month of warm spring weather for them to reach the surface.

There are a few thin, wispy shoots appearing where I planted the gladioli (4" deep). The first couple appeared about two weeks ago, and there are now a few of them 2-3" tall. They don't look like the gladioli shoots I saw last year, but I assume it's what they are.


Posted: 02/04/2014 at 19:28

Since this afternoon, a second one of the seemingly-dead shoots has popped above the soil. The leaves aren't out yet, but there's a small 'loop' of stem popping up, so I assume the leaves will appear by tomorrow (the sun's going down now).

They must be following this thread, and got spooked by my posts last night.

Flower colour fading

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 18:06

Some bright red tulips began to flower in my garden over the last week. However over the last couple of days of warm weather and no rain, the colour is fading, like old red plastic that goes slightly white in the sun.

Is this normal, or do they need watering or fertiliser or something?

My daffodils flowered a bit earlier, but are now starting to droop right over, despite the heads still looking in their prime. They droop from the base of the stem rather than just the head looking down. What's gone wrong?

Conjoined Daffodils

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 18:01
David Matthews2 wrote (see)

Tomsk: Are you sure it's not a Terriffid, or perhaps a Daffodilorousaur??

Well... Given that the bulb in question came from Lidl, it has left me wondering whether I should infer anything about their meat pies and cheap mince.

I'd advise anyone who eats their lasagnes to count how many heads are now on their own necks...


Posted: 02/04/2014 at 17:55

Well here's a thing.

Last night, after reading the replies, I had one more very close look at my container and there was no sign of any shoots. So I got an old 2" deep plastic tray (old, cleaned meat packaging), filled it with compost and planted 15 new seeds, just below the surface and didn't water this time.

I was going to throw the compost in the old container into the compost bin, but it was late and dark, so left it for the morning. This afternoon I went out to do it, and there's a tiny tomato shoot! It's slightly open, a bit like Emu's mouth (as in Rod Hull) and one centimetre tall. That appeared from nowhere in a matter of hours.

So, if the rest shortly appear, it looks like I'm going to have a surplus of tomato plants.


Posted: 31/03/2014 at 23:20

I did keep them damp, perhaps too damp, but they've been reasonably dry for the last couple of weeks. There was drainage, and only once did any water leak out of them after I watered them.

Since it's been the best part of a month and nothing's burst to the surface, I'll start again, though I'm disappointed that I'm losing all this warm and sunny weather!

How long does it usually take for a shoot to appear after you plant seeds?

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