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    The Chionodoxa are just going over and the tulips aren't close to blooming! The tulips are Foxtrot... pink and white.... would have looked stunning with the stunning white stars of the Chionodoxa.

    I've never grown bulbs in pots before. So when they're over, do I take the bulbs out and store them till Autumn? I need the pots (all 12 of them) for my summer plants.
     
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      Sorry.... over use of the word stunning!
       
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        Well it looks half stunning and when the tulips come out the other half will be stunning.

        Which when added together will make the whole thing completely stunning.:biggrin:
         
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          I'd leave the bulbs in and plant your summer bedding over the top. A bit of fresh compost on top, it'll look st.....good!
           
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            As flounder said. When the tulips have finished flowering and are past looking their best, remove the flower heads. This means the plant will not produce seeds, but will store all it's energy back into the bulbs for the next season. You will need to let the tulip plants die back over several weeks again to improve the bulb for next season, so it will be late May/June when you can remove the dead tulip leaves. Then top up with some fresh compost and replant for a stunning summer spectacle :dbgrtmb:
             
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              pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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              Just my thinking, but I usually either plant container grown bulbs in the ground for further years, or some times even throw them away.

              The rarely do as well the second time round.
               
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                Thanks for the advise guys. I grew them in pots because the garden soil is very heavy and boggy. I made sure the pots had good drainage because we have endless rain out here in NI.... it never stops. As I often say to people .... it rains twice a year out here in the Glens of Antrim.... from January to July and August to December!
                 
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                  Bulbs in containers generally do two things. 1- they flower at wrong time (try growing very early and very late tulips that don't match together. They are guaranteed to flower at the same time. ) 2- lose their flower power in a year.

                  Daffs, Crocuses and small tubers can flower well year after year but tulips in general do not. Unless of course you forget some bulbs in the pot that you have re-planted with something else and discover one mismatching tulip faithfully coming up year after year. :doh:

                  Proper gardeners who follow the advise of their books dig container grown tulips up after they have gathered new strength and looked tatty for about 6 weeks, dry them and re-plant next year. Some other just wait for Wilko's sale in November and grab whatever is less than 50p. :redface:

                  Your tulips will be ... very nice even without the perfect support of Chionodoxas. Call it "extending the flowering period" and enjoy :)

                  On another note, how does one pronounce Chionodoxa?
                   
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                    I have that problem all the time. I once went into a garden centre and asked for an 'orb-ree-ett-a' Aurbrieta. They hadn't a clue what I was talking about, until I spotted a whole display of them and she told me the correct pronunciation. :)
                     
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                      Chee-own-o-doxer. I've just checked it on Youtube @Selleri as I have some too. :)
                       
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                        It's simpler to plant Crocus next year :)
                         
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                          There's a novel idea- only growing plants that you can pronounce :heehee: I'm not on the right track here with front garden full of inherited Hydrangeas (took me several evenings with Google translate audio to practise "hi-stranger" "hi-stranger" "hi-stranger") and I still heartily disagree with "Dandy-lion". It's dan-de-lyoon. Fortunately I speak Italian so when stuck, revert to Latin names with Finnish-accented Italian pronunciation. Sometimes I get away with a straight face :heehee:
                           
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                            Totally agree @Selleri ..... made a mistake this year with growing Physostegia . Going to have to pull out all the Clematis because I just can't work out whether it's Clem-Ay-tis or Clema-tis!
                             
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                              I always like the old Metasequoia glyptostroboides.
                              The way it just trips off the tongue.:biggrin:
                              Or, Iphiopogon planicarpus nigresecens.
                               
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                                Too long a name for bloody boring black grass, if you ask me! :biggrin:

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