Your diagnosis seems correct. The flowers were not fertilized because of the lack of bee activity. This can be influenced by rain and weather conditions. To aide pollination. With a Q-tip, take off the pollen from the stamen of the male flower and brush it onto the female flower's stigma in the center. You could also pluck a male flower (the one without the bulb or ovary at its base), strip off the petals, and use its pollen-covered stamen as a brush. Do this all in the morning when both male and female flowers are open. Next year, get some bee-loving flowers for natural pollination!
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