In the Garden 

 The best time to plant tulip bulbs is November and they do well in containers. Plant the bulbs to a depth of about three times their own height and a bulb or two width apart. It is important for tulips to have good drainage, so put some broken crocks in the bottom of your container and mix horticultural grit in with your compost. Also, raise the container on pot feet to avoid waterlogging. Tulips like a cold winter, a good watering in spring and a good baking from June to September.    Julia