Spring is officially here. It is teasing us with rapidly disappearing snow and the occasional warm day. It is so tempting to get out and see what is brave enough to peek through after this miserable winter.
While it is sooooo tempting to clear away the dead leaves and other debris and give those tiny green sprouts some sun, please wait! Winter’s grip is not completely relaxed. These tender plants still need the protection that last year’s leaves and stems and even snow provide.
Did you know that our bitter cold temperatures do not kill perennials nearly as often as fluctuation in temperature does? When the temperature warms, plants start to think it is spring and juices start flowing. Sudden drops in temperature cause then shock the poor things and often kill or seriously set plants, trees and shrubs back.
That doesn’t mean you can’t get out and enjoy the sunshine and get some yard work done. This is the perfect time to prune trees and shrubs – before the sap starts to move.
Trim away branches that are touching.
Also prune off water shoots. These are branches that shoot straight up from a branch. They are unproductive and waste energy.
As fun as it is to trim and cut and shape, remember never to remove more than one third of the growth of the tree or shrub you are working on.
So, yes, you should prune now, no, you shouldn’t clean up too much.
It turned green this week! Thousands of liners came in and are waiting for transplant.
Goldilocks Lysimachia are waiting to spill over the edge of a basket or pot.
Isn’t this color gorgeous? Proven Winners Heuchera Dolce Cinnamon Curls.
Have you ever rubbed the leaf of a lemon-scented geranium? Walk into Ruby’s House right now and that is all you smell! Jeanie has been taking cuttings and we are oh-so patiently waiting for them to root out.
Do you sense a lemon-scented theme? The first seedlings are poking through.
I’m not much of a frog fan, but these little guys make me smile every time I walk by!
Yesterday dawned at -32 degrees. But that is good news. In like a Lion, out like a Lamb, right?
And it is official. Within the flimsy plastic walls of The Flower House Garden Center it is Spring! This afternoon I fired up the heaters. Tomorrow the girls get to get their hands dirty and start filling flats.
We will start seeding peppers, get the water system set up and install the temperature alarms. As soon as the first plants arrive, we’ll let you know!