Posts Tagged ‘spring’
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!!!
Every year we plant pansies, violas and other fall plants in the flower beds in front of our office. I wanted to do a post about how they performed.
First all you need to know that we had an exceptionally cold winter with several weeks at or below freezing. Among the Pansies, Panolas and Violas, I think that the Panolas and Violas recovered quicker and have more color than the Pansies.
These are the Stepables we planted last fall.
This is what’s left of one of the Plentifall Pansies we planted in our planters. I do need to say that these were regularly neglected and went through some very hard freezes very dry. The fact that that made it through with the neglect is a testament to their toughness. Properly watered before freezes and they would probably look much better. As it is, they look rough but are still alive. Some pruning and sunshine and they will be looking good again in a few weeks.
Spring is here!
And we have a lot to choose from to color up your Easter weekend.
Please remember that it is still a little early to plant your tomatoes and other vegetables with out taking the chance that a late frost will kill them.
However you can plant bedding plants like petunias, dianthus, wave petunias, ageratum, alyssum, marigolds, lantana, dahlias, snapdragons and a bunch of other annuals. You can also plant perennials, trees and shrubs. If we do get a late frost, it may “bite” the plants (that means kill the bloom or new growth; they will turn brown or black), but you can clean them off and the plants should survive. If we get a late hard freeze, you will need to protect your plants with a sheet, blanket or bucket as best you can. A hard freeze of 28 degrees or less will cause significant damage or will kill most plants that are not established.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the Sun seems to have reappeared. No, I’m serious, take a peek outside. Yep, that’s the sun! And he brought a friend with him this time…warmer weather! The forecast is plum full of 60 degree temps ahead of us!
Now that doesn’t mean you should break out the swimsuits just yet, or even pack away your jackets and coats. But it does seem to support the theory that Spring, at long last, is here. And thank goodness, because we were getting tired of all that snow!
As is tradition at the beginning of March, we have all of your Cole Crops ready to go for that first round of Spring Veggie planting. Lettuce, Strawberries, Cabbage, Onions, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, and Eggplants are all eagerly awaiting to become part of your garden. Tomatoes and Peppers are ready as well. Remember you don’t want to plant your tomatoes and peppers outside until after Easter, but you can keep them inside until then.
And for those of you who just can’t stand to see a world without flowers any longer now that the snow has melted, we have some color in bloom as well. Snapdragons, Dianthus, Dusty Miller, and Petunias are wonderful plants that flourish in this early Spring weather.
Yes, it’s official. Spring is here. See you at the Greenhouse!!!
As we cross our fingers and hold our breath, we’re saying ‘Adios’ to Snow and ‘Hello’ to Spring! Oh yes, it may not seem like it right now with the blustery temperatures the south has been toting, but we can assure you, Spring is just around the corner! And we are very excited it is on its way!
Now you know that Spring just wouldn’t be Spring without a veggie garden growing all those warmer-weather treats we know and love. There’s just something about fresh veggies that make us want to dust off the Bar-B-Que grills, grab our sunglasses, and toss a little ball around in the back yard with the munchkins in our lives. And here at Parks Brothers, we’ve been busy bees getting your Spring Veggies ready just for you.
Cabbage, Onions, Broccoli, and Strawberries are the first crops up for grabs.
Clay – aka The Plant Inspector
Remember you can start planting your veggies at the beginning of March! Now all you have to do is find those sunglasses…