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KUSA - The cold snap was a rude shock for gardeners and their gardens. If you covered the daffodils and brought some pots inside, you should have a minimum of damage. You may lose your plum and peach crop if the trees were in bloom. Most cool season plants--pansies, dianthus, kale, spinach, parsley and lettuce--should have weathered the storm.

Moving forward, it's time to plant hardy lily bulbs and gladiolus.

True lilies are different from daylilies or anything else called a lily, such as a calla lily or canna lily. There are numerous species of true lilies, mostly native to Asia, but most of the ones we grow are hybrids. Asiatic hybrids are bright, June blooming, relatively short and scentless. Orientals bloom in late July or August and are extremely fragrant. They vary in height. Trumpet lilies are also fragrant, bloom in midsummer and are usually tall--usually four feet or more. These three main groups have been crossed to create new lines; some hybrids have been crossed with Easter lilies. There are literally hundreds of hybrids to grow.

Lilies thrive in full sun and at least a half day of sun. They do best in a sandy loam soil. If you don't have that, grow them in very large patio pots. Plant them about 6 inches deep.

Gladiolus are native to Africa and have been hybridized to bloom in every color of the rainbow, including chartreuse green. They grow from corms that should be planted 4 to 6 inches deep in full sun. Since they are mainly grown for cutting, many gardeners plant them in their vegetable gardens. If planted in waves every two weeks between now and the first of June, you will have plenty for bouquets all season. The corms are not hardy; dig them in fall and store in a cool, dark place.

Bulbs are courtesy of Tagawa Gardens.

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