The first sign that spring is on its way ... the soon-to-bloom daffodils you planted last fall! Now is a good time (just when the first sprouts appear) to fertilize the bulbs that you want to leave in the ground for more blooms in future years.

And while you enjoy your spring bulbs, start thinking about your summer planting. Garden shops are bursting with summer-flowering bulbs! But don't wait too long to pick out the bulbs with the brightest colors: the best bulbs get snatched up quickly!

Summer bulbs come in many shapes, sizes and varieties. Some are perfect for pots while others are ideal in a border. They all have one thing in common: none can tolerate much, if any, late spring ground frost. So wait a while to plant them, the soil needs to warm up first.

* Adjust months slightly according to your climate zone.