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This is a discussion on Tulips :) within the Eye Candy forums, part of the Land Plants category; How I wish I had a yard... I plant tulips about every other year along ...

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    How I wish I had a yard... I plant tulips about every other year along my walkway, but it does not get cold enough for them so they rarely bloom more than the first year.

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    Maybe you should start a campaign for people to breed some warm climate tulips

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    If you have a freezer I think you can still grow them as annuals

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    I would think that a freezer might actually be a bit too much as the freezing process may disrupt the cellular structure - I suppose it depends on the temperature and how cold the ground actually gets. I'm not certain, but I have read about some studies looking at ground temps that surprised me about how the temps don't actually get as low as you think they would.(can't remember where - could have been New Scientist).

    Or even a refridgerator set quite low? I know people do that over here for some things that are too delicate to stay in the ground but do need a really cold spell. THat's not such a bad idea.

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    Gorgeous tulip pics, Fren!

    I used to have a lot at my house, but the squirrels ate the buds every year before they could bloom. Luckily, nothing eats daffies . . . the flowers!

    McJulie

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    I just find ear wigs in mine - which kind of ruins the whole joy of brining some srping flowers into the house!

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    I can't grow daffodills for some reason...they seem to die, maybe they aren't as hardy, I'm not sure. But my uncle has some large clumps at their house for some reason. I did plant some when I first moved in the house but they never came up in the spring

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    Fren, just seen this post - I am 243 posts behind so sorry, but the daffodils could be something to do with how deep you plant them. Over here you are advised to plant them at least 4 inches deep, sometimes more depending on size of bulb. It might be that you need them to go even deeper with the winter temperatures there.

    Did you ever dig them up to see what happened to them? Just in case they were sat in very wet ground or something and rotted rather than froze?

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    Yup they were mushy the in the spring time. I don't remember the fall being very wet that year, I can try again when I find an area for daffodills.

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    It might just be that the area you put them in was just too wet for bulbs, it's not necessarily about the amount of rain, but could just be there's a natural pond effect in your garden where there's particularly bad drainage.

    Try putting them in a couple of different places around the garden, and see where they lseem happy. Are you naturalising them in grass or in flower beds?

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