I’ve complained a lot this year about how terrible my tulips looked. Everyone else seemed to have tall, beautiful tulips! Like this one! This is a tulip from my friend’s house.
I don’t know much (anything really) about caring for plants, but my mother-in-law suggested that I should dig up the tulip bulbs because they sink too much into the ground after awhile. Which I will definitely try!
I also just read this article from the Guardian, about “short and stumpy” tulips: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2012/apr/18/why-tulips-short-stumpy
According to this article, it seems that you really need to water the tulips about a month before they start to flower. Next year… I will implement these tips and work on my tulip growing skills 🙂