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Playing up little bulbs. Buy now and plant in pots for close-up spring bloom.

Playing up little bulbs For small spaces you see up close, baby bulbs can bring a satisfying splash of spring bloom. Poke six to a dozen into gaps around trunks of full-size or bonsai potted treeds and shrubs, where they can multiply undisturbed for years. Or create a dense carpet of bloom in patio pots or window boxes, filling them with bulbs placed so they almost touch.

Shown here are just four of many miniatures available this month from nurseries and mail-order sources. The ones in the upper three photographs produce multiple flowers from each bulb, spreading bloom over a longer period. Rhodohypoxis blooms longest of all--sometimes for several months--but bulbs of it are still hard to find.

At well-stocked nurseries, choices include Anemone blanda, crocus, grape hyacinth, spring star flower (Ipheion), miniature iris (I. danfordiae, I. reticulata), oxalis, and many kinds of dwarf narcissus (white angel's tears, gold hoop petticoat daffodil, N. canaliculatus, 'Hawera', 'Jack Snipe', jonquils, 'Minnow', 'Tete-a-Tete').

Two mail-order sources for less common varities are Carman's Nursery, 16201 Mozart Ave., Los Gatos, Calif. 95030 (rhodohyposix only); and Anthony J. Skittone, 1415 Eucalyptus Dr., San Francisco 94132. For prices, send a stamped, self-addressed legal-size envelope. ORder rhodohypoxis now for shipment in January. Plant all these bulbs as soon as you get them.
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