The subject cropped up again last Friday when I revisited The Organic Garden at Holt Farm - more to come - and we concluded the dry winter's to blame, though I'm also wondering whether the unseasonally warm winter meant they didn't get enough chilling time. The warm weather in February/March started them flowering early too and the colder weather of the past couple of weeks has slowed their decline. It means my display is lasting much longer than usual.
The pictured 'Spring green' seems to be one of the more reliable varieties - no stumpy tulips here thank goodness - and are standing proud in the large pot I have of them in the front garden. This is their third year of flowering with no sign of their blooms getting smaller, unlike some tulips which are left in situ to bloom again.
In the back garden it's a different story. The tulips I so admired a couple of years ago seem to have changed colour! The deep shade of mauve I loved then has turned into a wishy washy pink. The blooms have faded now, but I'm still puzzling over them. They're also in pots so I'm pondering whether the bulbs need feeding or whether they're offshoots from the original bulbs. They're not streaked so I'm discounting it's due to a virus.
I learnt recently the petals are edible - they're supposed to taste like peas or beans - though I haven't plucked up the courage to try one yet. Must do that later!
How are your tulips doing? Are you finding they're stumpy too?
Garden Bloggers' Blooms Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
Update: The Guardian has picked up on the stumpy tulip story (and linked to here - yay!). It does look like the dry weather's been the culprit - though it doesn't resolve @countrygate's comment here, who kept hers well watered (she's wondering about chilling time). My 'Spring Green' are later flowering, so the recent spell of rain probably got to them just in time.