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You saw the sun didn’t you? Dug out a pair of shorts and a comfortable t-shirt and even contemplated wearing flip-flops too huh? And then you went outside to enjoy that wonderful warm weather only to catch a disappointing glimpse of your withered flower garden. And the planting itch set in.
It happens every year. We see that first glimpse of Spring after a long, bitter Winter and we just can’t help ourselves. We want to plant…something….anything…as if to signify our hibernation is finally over and welcome Spring with wide blooming arms. And then we remember, we live in Arkansas. And this glimpse of Spring is just a glimpse. Somewhere out there is another frost, just waiting to surprise us and ruin our planting dreams. Still, the itch is hard to resist. So what do you do?
Well, don’t fret. We have a solution for you. Though the colorful annuals we want so badly to plant a little too early each year might perish under an unexpected freeze, a perennial will merely laugh at that cold snap.
Here’s the beautiful thing about perennials and Spring. They actually prefer to be planted in the Spring. The rule of thumb is the earlier you plant them, the better the root system will be when Winter rolls back around. And perennials come back year after year after year. It’s a win/win. Plus, by opting for a perennial when that planting itch sets in, you don’t have to worry about replacing the plant when that unexpected frost does rear its unwelcomed head.
Now here’s where perennials and annuals are alike. They both have specific planting requirements that you simply must not ignore when choosing your plants. So let the plant’s tag be your guide. Take note of light requirements and make sure you choose plants that will grow best in your flower bed. Then consider height and width of each plant, which can also be found on the plant’s tag. Place your taller plants in the back of your flower bed so they don’t hide your shorter plants. And don’t ignore the spacing requirements. The plant may be small in width now, but just like your children, they grow up very fast and always seem to demand their own space. Lastly, leave some room for those annuals you love for when the fear of frost has subsided.
And here’s a quick tip for planting perennials from containers. Plant them the same depth they were grown in the container. If you plant them too high, the plant could dry out. Plant them too low and you might be fighting crown rot. And water the plant just before you plant them.
Here’s a list of perennials we carry at Parks Brothers to help you satisfy your Planting Itch.
Ok that’s it. You can quit scratching now and get to planting! Come on, say it with me – Bring on the Spring!!!
The sun is still shining, and we are loving every warm minute of it! Why it’s been so pretty and warm here lately, we’ve almost forgotten about Snowmaggedon that seemed to linger forever just a few short weeks ago. We’ve even replaced our coats and gloves with short sleeve t-shirts and sunglasses! And I, myself, have witnessed the more daring and brave locals don shorts and flip-flops as they bask in the sun’s inviting glow. After all that time cooped up inside, it’s no wonder that this weather change has us all out and ready to play in our gardens.
The Cole Crops have been mighty popular this week and seem to be flying off the shelves as quickly as we stock them. But we still have plenty of Cabbage, Cauliflower, Broccoli and Brussel Sprouts to go around. And the avid gardeners out there are snatching up tomatoes and peppers too, tho you really shouldn’t plant them outside until after Easter. We also just got in our Muscadines, which can be planted right now.
But we are really excited about our new stock of Fruit Trees and Perennials!!! Apples, Peaches, Nectarines, and Plums!!! Can you say Yum, Yum??? And we currently have over 25 Different Perennials in stock too! Add that to the breath-taking Spring Bedding Plants that are in full bloom, and you’ve got yourself a virtual buffet of Spring Treats to keep you busy in your garden for hours on end.
So come on, break out those short-sleeved shirts and go dig in the dirt! It’s fun, we promise!!!