A bulb is something you plant in the autumn, never to be seen again

@shelagh77 (3643)
April 29, 2007 7:41pm CST
Does that happen to you too? I plan beautiful, colourful borders and, if I am lucky I may get the odd lesser spotted crocus, but usually - zilch. What happens, do they dig themselves back out again in the middle of the night and relocate somewhere nicer? What does become of the planted bulbs which are never seen again?
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
30 Apr 07
Well I normally don't plant Bulbs I use them for lights?????????????? I thought that was what they where for I didn't realise they grow into flowers I only have white ones does that mean I get white Flowers ??
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@shelagh77 (3643)
3 May 07
Oh dear, Blondie, please do not jangle that brain cell any further, I shall ask Darkwing to bring you some pots of flowers, saves a lot of time and trouble, and even you can not possibly hurt yourself. hugs.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
3 May 07
Do you think so lol even I thought you knew me better then that lolololol I am not safe with anything lol mind you I did quite well at yours on Tuesday no flying Cakes no smashed Cups no Vultures attacking me because I opened the Door hehehe so I did good
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@shelagh77 (3643)
6 May 07
Well, you won't be safe here either now. Because I have decided a pond is definitely out, giving your track record, I have rquested a wishing well complete with fairy etc and you are now firmly in bad books, apparently it is much more work! However, I think it will be very nice to have one!
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@Darkwing (21588)
30 Apr 07
I would imagine you have something in your garden which gnaws away at the bulbs, or the roots they produce. My bulbs thrive from year to year. This year particularly, I've had a great show of daffodils, tulips, snowdrops and bluebells. They seem to multiply year after year. So, I'm not sure... often you will get an odd bad one in a number of them, but you shouldn't lose them all, unless you have an invader, or perhaps the soil isn't quite right. I hope you have more luck next time. Maybe test the ph of the soil and then consult your bulb pack to see which soils they like best, or alternatively, dig a hole for them, and drop some bulb compost into it, to help them on their way.
@shelagh77 (3643)
3 May 07
Well, Darkwing, you have been here, how many critters do you think I have, bearing in mind I love snails and rehome them rather than harm them lol. Trust you to have a good show of bulbs, not only do you have green fingers but you sow with the moon on your side also :-) I shall certainly do the pH test also, that is a really good idea. Thanks for that!
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@Darkwing (21588)
3 May 07
My fingers are green??? Eeeeeeeeeek !!! ha ha ha Yes, it's surprising how the moon helps, my friend. :-)
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@shelagh77 (3643)
6 May 07
pizza covered, maybe, but not green nonetheless! When you have finished re Mr Crow we shall have to start planting and starting new businesses according to the moon. See what happens when gabs takes you out for the day? Work, work and more work lololol.
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@PunkyMcPunk (1477)
• Canada
30 Apr 07
Sometimes when you plant your bulbs you will get a bad bulb and it will rot in the ground, which isn't such a bad thing as it will add nutrients to the other survivors. Also squirrels and chipmunks love to dig out bulbs and steal them away for a nice little snack. If you would like to discourage this from happening you can put moth balls around your bulbs. The small critters don't like the smell and won't steal your bulbs. I don't know how environmentally friendly this is and I have never tried this myself but my aunt swears by it. I coudln't grow a cactus let alone any pretty flowers. (lol).
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@shelagh77 (3643)
3 May 07
That is interesting about them rotting, I didn't know you could get bad bulbs. The squirrels etc I could well believe, although we do not have them where I live, thank goodness. I have enough critters driving me mad. I don't think I would put moth balls around them, but I certainly could do with some as I have a pesky clothes moth hanging around at the moment. It is a shame your Aunt can not show you how to grow a plant. I find that a plant called the spider plant is practically impossible to kill, so if you have those where you live you could try that?
@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
30 Apr 07
Hi Shelagh, Yes this happens to me as well in regards to beautiful, coloured flowers when they are in season you will find that they look wonderful but after the season has completed then unfortunately they die but they should come back again in the next season. That is why you have to trim them back so that you will receive them again the next season round.
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@shelagh77 (3643)
3 May 07
Other Half has done landscape gardening but even he fares better buying things already started and then planting them. He does cut back the lavender etc, but bulbs are not doing too well with us. Only about 2 of 100 tulips!