mystery bulbs

Why do bulbs appear on the surface of the ground without help from sqirrels.

Some bulbs are planted 4-5" in depth but for some reason this year I have found the bulbs lying on the top in several gardens.Has any one got an answer to this?


  • Pennine PetalPennine Petal Posts: 1,541
    Worms on steroids......(sorry, couldn't resist!)
  • LeggiLeggi Posts: 489

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    It could be moles pushing them up? Could be a type of bulb that grows on the surface rather than planted?

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    Could it be over-congested clumps in wet, therefore soft, soil?

  • I doubt very much that it will be worms on steroids!!

    It is not moles as there are none in the area and as most are tulip bulbs that are planted 4-5 inches down hardly!

    Alina good thought but the soil is very dry and porus.

  • hate to say it is those furry animals and sometimes blackbirds will do the same when rummaging around the borders.

  • Yes, blackbirds can excavate amazingly deep in rich, soft soil.  So do thrushes and, in my garden, jackdaws and rooks.

  • LynLyn Posts: 8,400

    Probably voles, they dig mine out. Cat's useless, wont even go out and try!

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
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