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Last fall, I purchased tulip and other fall planting bulbs. Due to health problems, I did not get them planted. They have been in the refrigerator since. Will they be good for planting next fall, or do I need to start from scratch?

It is virtually impossible to keep tulips from one year to the next without planting them. Since the alternative is to throw them away, you could try planting them now.

I am new at gardening. Please tell me the difference between annuals and perennials?

Annuals grow for only one season; during that season, they grow, bloom, set seed and then die. Biennials grow from seed the first season, live over winter, then bloom, set seed and die the second year. Perennials will grow and bloom for at least three years.

Celeste Lindsay is a WSU-master gardener. Send questions to