Posted: 29/03/2016 at 15:28
Well to answer my own question, a few days ago the first few petals began falling off before the flowers had opened (they still haven't!) and then there was the big storm that blew a lot more off and blew over some tulips.
I have some separate tulips in pots that are still only growing and luckily the storm only snapped two of them.
One question I do have, though, is why the colour of the tulips in the pots has changed over time. I planted 'Helmar' tulips and in the first year they flowered in a beautiful yellow and red, just like the packaging depicted. But the next year the heads were mostly red with a splash of yellow. Last year they were completely red and the early flowers that are now forming in those pots appear completely red again, without so much as a hint of yellow.
Is this a problem with multi-coloured flowers or a feeding issue?
The ones I planted in the ground (as seen in the photo further up) were supposed to be just red and have stayed like that. But I paid extra for 'Helmar' and now they look just like the cheaper red ones.