KUSA - The first crocus and snowdrops bloomed in my garden this week. As far as I'm concerned, it's spring.

These two bulbs are always early and compete for the first blossom of the year. Bees have already discovered them. It won't be long before the leaves of other bulbs emerge from the ground. Several gardeners have told me they've already seen the foliage of tulips and daffodils.

Some people worry about whether this is "too early," but there's no such thing. Bulbs come up when they come up. Bulbs planted on southern or western exposures or near foundations--where the soil is warmer--will always be the first to emerge. There's nothing to be done about it. Snowfall or late arctic cold snaps--such as the one we experienced last April--may ruin the display but that's the risk these early bloomers take.

For a risk-free display, display potted bulbs on the windowsill. Garden centers offer a tempting array of blooming bulbs such as crocus, hyacinths, daffodils, tulips and grape hyacinths. Like their outdoor counterparts, they will thrive close to the glass on the windowsill where it's cool.
Group them together in a basket for a lovely spring display. Use moss the disguise that they're growing in plastic pots.

Continue to water the bulbs after the finish flowering and transplant them to the garden in March or April. They'll flower again in the coming years for more memorable spring moments.

Plants are courtesy of Tagawa Gardens.

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