The International Bulb Society calls a bulb "an underground storehouse and flower factory" that contains everything a plant needs to sprout then flower when the time is right. In the case of paperwhites and hyacinths, that's when the frost first begins to melt. In the middle of the bulb are leaves surrounding the bud itself. And scales that provide all the nutrients the bud will need to grow. Also the roots, which will start to emerge before the bud does. All held together by an outer layer called a "tunic."
And the sprouts got taller and taller and longer and longer. Finally, buds appeared between the leaves.
After about 5 weeks, the first of them opened up, revealing 6 beautiful white flowers (you can see another bud that will soon open on the bottom right of this plant):
The hyacinth will take several weeks longer to flower. We hope to have purple blossoms festooning our windowsill sometime in January!
Have you got any flowers blooming in your house this month? Write in with pictures!