|Snowdrop Flower (Galanthus)|
My mind is planning and my fingers are twitching to get to work as I look out my kitchen window. My flower pots and beds are summoning me even as I write this article. I can hardly wait to be greeted by the face of my most beautiful iris and to touch to fragile petals of my tulips. Oh, truly the daffodils are calling from beneath the ice covered ground.
Can you hear the awakening of spring? Do you long for the beauty of blooming gardens? Then lets take a moment to plan, order and prepare for the glorious rebirth of nature just outside our doors.
Flowers to Plant in Spring
Many of our early spring flowers come from bulbs that would have been planted back in the fall. However, there are a few that we can plant in early spring.
- Pansy ~ The flower with a face is such a lovely addition to any garden. It is perfect for flower beds and container gardening.
- Hydrangea ~ The hydrangea bush is a pretty big bush with beautiful large blooms that are actually clusters of tiny flowers. They can be planted in early spring or early fall. You will find planting instructions, care suggestions, as well as see a selection of hydrangeas at How to Grow Hydrangeas.
- Azaleas ~ Beauty and charm are the two word that come to mind when I think of Azaleas. Having grown up in the South, Azaleas are simply part of my everyday world. To such a degree, they are easy to take for granted. You can learn all about proper care of Azaleas in this video on Southern Living.
|Lambs Ear Plant|
- Lamb's Ear ~ Silver Carpet Lambs Ear is one of my personal favorites. It is appropriately named because it feels like a little lambs ear when we touch it. It is a very resilient plant that allows even small children to touch and feel. The beauty of this plant far exceeds it's visual appeal. My friend, Beverly Owens, published an article on Lambs Ear on her Indiana Garden site. You can find out more about Lambs Ear by visiting: Lambs Ears A Nice Perennial For Indiana Gardens. But do keep in mind, Lambs Ears are not restricted to Indiana. They flourish in many regions.
Spring Floral Arrangements
Part of the beauty of having you own flower garden is being able to step into your own backyard, cut a few flowers and make your own floral assorted arrangement to bring inside. I typically like to do this when my flowers are fully bloomed, or right before a storm when I know the blooms will be shattered.
I recently discovered an article of inspiration on Accenting Your Easter Bouquet with Dark-Hued Flowers. Since I love "black" flowers, the ideas and suggestions in this article very much appeal to me. I normally place a black flower in a single bud vase, but I was intrigued by the author of this article, Paula Atwell and I asked myself "why not include them in a bouquet?!!"
That is one of the things I love most about working online. There are so many great ideas shared by fellow online writers that encourage, inspire, excite and teach freely.
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