By Phran Novelli

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – There’s hope. Here come the bulbs! The tiny little bulbs with drooped white heads called ‘Snowdrops’ are starting to appear in some in places, if not in your yard yet. And on days when the snow and ice melt back a bit, you can see the leaves of daffodils and other bulbs finding their way up through the soil to meet the sun.

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If you planted bulbs, go take a look and see if you can find any green leaves shooting through. It’s wonderful on a deadly drab winter’s day to find the first signs of springtime growing in your yard. It makes you so glad you planted bulbs!

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And, if you didn’t plant any, take a walk and take comfort from those iris leaves popping up next to a neighbor’s mailbox, or the tell-tale tops of thousands of ‘tête-à-tête’ daffodils that will soon parade across a park near you.

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That plain brown package that goes into the ground as a bulb in the fall only to surprise you when it sprouts in the spring is one of the most satisfying things about gardening. And it’s one of the simplest ways to induce spring fever, no matter what the thermometer – or that groundhog – may say.