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Signs of Spring

by Cliff Sharples (chief cultivator)

It's still January, but with our unseasonable cold followed by unseasonable warm weather, the plants are getting a little confused!

Here Come the Bulbs!

We love spring blooming bulbs in our garden. Tulips, crocus, alliums, daffodils, narcissus... we love them all! So, I'm always worried when they start coming up a little too early, as the Pacific Northwest winters always have Spring surprises. It almost always works out just fine though; and to have a light at the end of our dark-winter tunnel is always appreciated.


Crocus are typically first on the scene, but this year it seems a month too early!



Daffodils are starting to rise from hybernation... Hope we stay nice and mild for the rest of the winter!



New shoots are popping up everywhere I look: daffodils, alliums, crocus and even the tulips!


Crocus, daffodil, spring bulbs, flower gardening


This is a great contribution, because I never thought about bulbs blooming too early due to an unstable season. In December, my husband and I planted a variety of bulbs (almost 600 of them), and many of them are already pushing through the soil. I do not know if this is normal, but I am excited nonetheless. Please keep us posted on the progress of your bulbs' blooms.
LilyLover commented on 02/11/10
dig the dirt editor replied: on 03/24/10
How exciting! I don&#x27;t have bulbs but would love to try some. I bought 50 narcissus bulbs for a friend for her 50th birthday so I am watching closely how hers do this spring. Yours look wonderful! <br/>
gardengirl commented on 01/28/10
Awesome and symbolic gift idea. You've given me a solution to some friends' 40th birthdays. Thank you for sharing!
LilyLover replied: on 02/11/10
You are welcome, though I can't claim the idea as totally original. I was inspired by Barbara Kingsolver's book - Animal Vegetable Miracle - where her friends gave her plants for her birthday. I hope my friends think about doing this for my 40th!
gardengirl replied: on 02/11/10