Nature is simply bursting with natural intelligence. Many plants disappear into a state of "hibernation" as winter steals across the land. Some of them hold onto their built-up reserves all winter long, using this stored nutrition as a source of energy to emerge in full glory again in the springtime. Bulbs are a good example of this natural intelligence. Once the worst of winter is over, the first little green noses are once again poking their way above the ground. To sparkle in the spring, they make the most of nature’s cold during the winter months. Bulbs planted in pots and used inside as harbingers of spring are first treated to an artificial winter at the grower’s facilities. There, the pots are kept for several weeks in a dark cell before being allowed to see the light of day. With the help of technology, their biological clocks are being speeded up! These bulbs then have a head start on their cousins planted outside in the garden.