Planting Season Begins!
Planting Season is Right Around the Corner!
Yesterday (April 21) we had snow flurries off and on. There was frost on the roofs and vehicles this morning. Still, planting season begins soon and my nearest greenhouse has plants in! As I walked past our little True Value on my morning excursion, I thought it looked like the greenhouse had a few plants. On my way home, I stopped to ask when they would be getting plants in, to make sure I didn’t miss the event. The person I asked went outside with me so we could look. Sure enough, plants in the greenhouse! The heater was on to keep the plants from freezing.
Current Choices Limited:
The selection is small at this point. They have 6 colors of Pansies, none of them assorted. Pansies are a big favorite here because they’re reliable bloomers that stand up to early frosts and come back each year. Sadly, the deer like them too, so I have to spray them. Still, I picked up two little 4-packs of Pansies.
There were 5 colors of Petunias, all blooming abundantly. Most of the Petunias I plant will be in my porch pots. I usually try to plant those on May 1st, so I didn’t grab any Petunias. These lovelies are not hardy to early frosts, and the deer graze them hard given a chance. I’ll buy a bunch of them in a couple of weeks.
There were several flats of Alyssum. I don’t ever grow Alyssum, but I’m told that it is cold hardy like the Pansies. I could try putting some in the ground this year. A pink like this would suit me well, if the deer don’t take it.
There was a flat of mixed Nemesia and a flat of dark blue. It’s always pretty, but I haven’t tried it in my pots. Maybe this will be the year. The flowers are so delicate!
There were two flats of Dianthus, red and pink. Neither of them was blooming. I always use Dianthus in my pots, but I’ll wait for the fancy swirly patterned ones to become available. There was also a flat of ornamental kale. It’s pretty right now because anything green is welcome in spring. I reserve my space for flowering plants, so no kale for me.
When the time comes, I will plant 11 large planters that fit on the railings of my porch. It will take 14 cubic feet of Moisture Control potting soil to refill my planters. Then I will put 10-12 plants in each planter. I can’t wait!