Don and Old Roses have both reported seeing snowdrops in January this year. Jealous of their early spring, I inspected my bulb plantings on our recent, gloriously sunny holiday. I have no snowdrops but it looks as if the muscari and dutch iris are popping their heads up above ground. The planting locations are in full sun and protected with layers of straw and leaves, so the ground there is probably warmer than the rest of the yard. I just hope a big freeze doesn’t come along and destroy my spring blooms!