I bought a little collection of bulbs on the first day of spring because it made me feel better to know that there would be something green and flowery growing near me because heaven knows nothing will be green or flowery outside for far too long, there being a snowstorm on the first day of spring and all (and the day after that and the day after that).
This is what it looked like when I bought it last Thursday:
Then I had a day off on Friday, was sick on Monday and when I came back on Tuesday, the thing was in full bloom. EXCELLENT.
T minus 13 days until I leave for Ireland.