Spring is almost here: Now’s the time to plant flowering bulbs

Wild amaryllis may commonly be seen along upland west Hawaii roadsides. Fancy hybrid varieties are available at local garden shops and nurseries. (Voltaire Moise/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Spring officially occurs when the sun reaches the equator as it appears to move northward. Of course, what is actually happening is that the earth is tilting toward the South Pole and will continue to do so until June 20. Then it is officially summer. Since we are roughly at latitude 19 degrees north, the sun will appear to move northward for a short time and then move toward the south until Dec. 21. Many plants respond to day length including plants that form bulbs.