handle tulip bulbs after blooming
I planted tulips in the spring, they bloomed beautifully but flowers will be gone in a week or two completely. I browsed the forum and wound up with totally opposite advises, from just leave them in the ground to dig them up and store them in the frig for the winter (whatever that is with lowest temp. of 48 F). We live 2 blocks from the Pac ocean about 60 miles north of San Diego. I think that no zone number can apply, we have a "microclimate". Even today "June gloom" is proper, couple of hours of straight sunshine in the early afternoon, cloudy, muggy, relatively cool for the rest of the day. Anyhow, questions: 1. What should I do with the tulip bulbs? 2. I dig them up or not, the next 9 month will leave the ground barren, can I plant some annuals for a quick bloom and if so what would be the best choice (see climate)? Would I hurt the bulbs left in the soil? Awaiting and thank you for your reply.