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Mild January has led to some early blooms

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – It’s February 2nd and no matter what the groundhogs say, Vancouver has had the warmest January since 2010.

But what does that heat wave mean for your garden?

“Definitely, things are coming up,” says Miles Hunter with David Hunter Garden Centres. “I’ve seen snowdrops in bloom already.”

“But for the crocuses and daffodils that are coming up and tulips especially, it is a little early. For gardeners that might have tulips or daffodils coming up out of the ground, we recommend that you add a little bit of soil on the top to help protect them from the late frost that might come.”

Hunter adds the balmy weather could mean cherry blossoms coming out a little early this year.

“The flowering plumbs will come out a little bit earlier. We’re already seeing the pussy willows developing their flower buds. It just means it’ll be a bit of an earlier spring,” he tells us.

And that means it’s time to get out there and do some of the dirty work.

“Do some clean up in your perennial beds,” advises Hunter. “If you’ve got things starting to grow, you want to remove all the dead leaves from last year so they’re going to have a nice healthy environment to start growing in.”

It’s also a good time to fertilize the flower beds and maybe start growing those seeds indoors, if you’re going to start a vegetable garden.