Check this out.
Last fall I gathered up all the pots, some full of soil and some empty and dragged them to the south side of our house, a shady spot, semi protected from wind and just a good place to store this stuff before time comes for re planting in the spring/summer. I usually up-end the pots as you can see here.
This is what I saw a couple of weeks ago when tulips were blooming elsewhere in the garden.
Obviously, there were a couple of tulip bulbs embedded in that up-ended potting soil all winter. And, like the rest of the tulips in the garden, the mystery unlocked in early spring and the bulbs unfolded their green sprouts, hungry for the light. How hard was it for these two stalks to find the hole in pot, the path to glory? I'll never know but successful they were and the blooms are proof. There's not much light on the south side of our house but somehow.... this orange beauty is basking in a ray.