Lift and dry tulips
Very often hybrid tulips used in spring containers or in beds and borders are grown as annuals and once flowered the plants are lifted and discarded. Unlike many other spring bulbs, tulips don’t naturalise as well, especially in heavy soils. If you want to have a go at keeping some of the tulip bulbs, now’s the time to lift them as the foliage is dying down. Carefully fork the bulbs out of the soil and dry them in trays in a shed or garage over the summer. In November, the largest bulbs can be planted back in the garden.