Happy Spring!… ? OK, Really, is it Spring?
No. However I’m optimistic that Woodstock Willie (my local groundhog) got it right, and I’m looking forward to an early spring!
In the meantime, it’s time to start thinking about your outdoor spring container displays. “How early can I plant?” will surely be your next question. Depending on your ‘love and devotion’ level, is how early you can plant. Factors:
- Availability of plant material? Hard to plant what you can’t get.
- Is your irrigation turned on? If not, you’ll need to water regularly.
- A well-watered pot holds heat – water right before a freeze.
- Fabric (NOT plastic) to cover in case of frost. Be sure to remove the next day.
Be sure your container / pot is very clean to start the season. A good, stiff brush dipped in a 10% bleach solution will do the trick. This will kill off any of the nasties waiting to infect your flowers. This cleaning should take you through the season also. No need to disinfect after each season change. (Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter)
Spring flowers such as; Petunias, tulips, hyacinths, primrose, cyclamen, hydrangea, muscari, snap dragons, ranunculus, helleborus, viola, ivy and diacia are just a few cool weather choices.
Give your display a bit of height with pussy willow or forsythia branches. If cut at the right time (pretty much right before placing in display) they will also bloom, adding to the WOW factor.
These flowers will last until the weather turns hot & then it’s time to switch over to your summer display.
I’ll be taking requests from now until April 15th. After that date, most things are so picked over, it’s hard to be creative. You’re also almost into summer pots by then….
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Anticipated installation start this year is April 1st, possibly one week earlier. This is all based on weather forecasts.
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