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The Brightest Bulbs: Look Who’s Sprouting

They popped up out of nowhere. Our grape hyacinth flowers (Muscari armeniacum) have begun to rear their heads — or rather, skinny green arms. Last night we spotted their stiff, simple leaves sprouting from our flower bed, in spite of our being California bulb-planting procrastinators and all.

There’s even a peep from one of our tulips! (Can you spot its leaves in the photo above?) We can’t wait to see the hyacinth’s bulbous purple blooms, which resemble clusters of pinot noir grapes.