Little flowers

What to enjoy when spring has sprung

Lily of the valley

I don't know about you, but when I think of next spring, five things immediately come to my mind. Order of priority not withstanding, here they are.

Foam flower

Sparkles in the shade

Foamflowers, their second year. I guess the old gardeners' saying is true - first year sleep, second year creep, third year leap.

What a relief that we already cleaned up everything we could before the arrival of winter. Usually the first thing I have to do when spring comes is handle the imposing pile of yard waste, all soggy and rotten, that covers the flower beds smothering everything underneath. Not this year, though, the spring garden will be cute as a button, with daffodils and hyacinths and cheerful sweet violets (one can dream, can't one!)

The weather announces itself to be in the normal range, which means everything will bloom and grow fruit in its own time, unimpeded by late frosts or unseasonably warm temperatures. Keeping fingers crossed constantly.

The little backyard garden is really shaping up, it is such a joy to see the barren spot behind the garage, with clay as hard as concrete and overwhelmed by ivy and wild honeysuckle, gradually turn into a charming little haven of care free perennials, with flowers that bloom during every season but are particularly pretty in spring.

Planting the vegetable garden is always a spring treat, the planning, the seed starting, the moving of the seedlings outdoors. You'd be surprised at the levels of doting a passionate gardener can dole on fifteen square feet and three tomato towers.

Last, but not least, being outside. One forgets at the end of fall how fresh and beautiful spring blossoms are, so I included a selection, for reference. After a whole winter of reluctantly watching nature through glass, being in the garden, with the scents of spring and the soft wind caressing my face is such a joy!


If you give a green thumb a flower bulb


If you give a green thumb a flower bulb he'll probably want to plant it, so he will need a pot filled with good potting soil. When the weather turns pleasant he will want to move the pot outside to give the bulb the best chance to thrive, so he will have to find a place for it on the patio, where there is plenty of sunshine and shelter from harsh winds. In summer he'll realize that pots tend to dry up too quickly and the bulb grew very large already, and most likely pot bound, so he'll want to plant it in the garden.

When the bulb grows, he'll try to find other plants and garden decor to complement its features, and he will create a design concept around the color of its flowers. Then he'll realize that the new color scheme is different from that of the ensemble, so he will sprinkle the same color accents throughout the garden, to compensate for that.

After the garden design had been altered as such, some time has passed and the bulb has started splitting, creating a profusion of little bulblets around its core, so the green thumb would probably want to dig it up and divide it, thus generating more plant material for the new and improved flower beds.

After the baby bulbs have been planted, he'll probably want to create a path through the new flower beds, so that he can reach the new plantings and care for them as he should.

With all this new plant material that the garden constantly makes available he'll soon need more square footage, so he'll have to expand some of the flower beds to make room for the ever growing stash. To avoid overcrowding the flower beds he will eventually decide to grow some of the plants in containers, so he will get a few of them and fill them with good potting soil.

And at this point he's probably going to need some flower bulbs to plant in the pots.

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