You know how it is. You see bulbs, early in September. You buy handfuls. Then, some time around March next year you find brown paper bags filled with partially sprouted husks and, in a gentle gardener-ly fashion, say to yourself, "Drat. Must remember to plant bulbs at the right time this year."
Happens to me every time. But not this year! Three bags of tulips have gone into the pot. And yes, I know you all know that tulips should go under the sod in November.
"What happens," I asked at the horticultural society, really wanting to know, "if I plant them earlier?"
"They rot off," said one.
"Fireblight," said another.
"OK," I said meekly.
Then I thought, Hold on. The tulips in the beds are in the ground all year and seem to cling to life. Why wouldn't these?
So Albion Star, Show-winner and Johann Strauss (all early and around 8-10 inches high and from J Parker's Wholesale) have been planted. Actually, the compost is quite dry and I sneakily haven't watered them. Will they come up at the appointed time, or will their early burial be their early demise?
I'll report back in Spring.
In the meantime, you might be interested in what can happen when you plant tulips too late.