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Hello everyone, my first post here as a rather green (eh hem) gardener. I've just recently moved to a flat with a decent sized garden for a beginner and was removing a lot of weeds from a border. In doing so I have uncovered some bulbs, of which I've included a photo. Can anyone identify them?


Thank you




  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,718

    Little ones could be snowdrops. Bigger ones could be snowflakes.

    Difficult to tell really, A lot of bulbs look the same. Stick them in the ground and see what comes up. Plant with twice as much soil above bulb, as height of bulb.

  • bluebells

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,166

    bluebells seems likely if they're all the same thing. Nothing else has such a weird assortment of shapes and sizes

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Hi fidgetbones and flowering rose. Thanks for your very prompt replies! They all came up from the same patch of border and look similar to me, just varying sizes. Is that a beginner mistake or could they all be the same bulbs, just at varying ages?

    I'd like to plant them in pots rather than in the ground, as there are so many weeds and I don't want to be pulling up the bulbs again. Do I just use a pot large enough to bury them with twice their height of soil?

    Thanks again


  • its more than likely to be muscari


  • Plant them in pots, wait about 6 months and they will tell you what they are. (my guess is to say muscari too) you could also pop a couple in your pocket and go and compare them with what is available in the garden centres. You will soon find something similar/same.

  • The round bulbs look like bluebells to me, the pointy ones could be tete a tete daffs. It will be good to see who guessed right when they come up in spring.

  • That's a lot of suggestions for a newbie gardener! Indeed it will be interesting to see who was right. I will endevour to update you when they (hopefully) come up in spring.

    Last question - do I leave the pots out all winter or will they need to be brought in, as the bulbs won't actually be in the ground?

    Thanks all image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,166

    most hardy bulbs are OK outside in pots all winter. Get them planted up soon, The only time I lost a lot of mine was when I planted them vbery late and winter came very early. Instead of growing away they rotted.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Don't plant tulips until November... risk of fireblight disease. All other buls OK from now on.

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