Spring arrived in the back of a dusty delivery truck a few days ago! Five boxes of baby plugs of begonias, pansies and a couple of grasses to eventually nestle into larger mixed container plantings. Since they arrived mid-afternoon, I waited until this morning to start planting. Begonias hate going into the evening with drippy leaves (we’re talking serious powdery mildew here), so today was the opening day of greenhouse planting season.
Unseasonably warm temperatures made it a hot, sweaty day in the greenhouse. Quite unusual for the 23rd of February. It’s been a lovely reprieve, but good grief, look at the calendar! This has been pretty weird, unnerving to say the least. We all know it can’t last, but the urge to drag out the patio furniture and pull back the mulch has been strong. Well, let reason reign for the next couple of days, as the weather prognosticators are promising a return to winter. And that’s o.k. with me. One of the things I enjoy most about what I do is observing the gradual, predictable (mostly) metamorphosis of the winter chrysalis into the unfurling wings of spring. Hopefully, the return to cold won’t be too extreme, and our plants will come through unscathed.
And that’s another thing I love about my job – hope! Without it there would be no gardens.
My current hope is that you will send me your gardening pictures, so I can share them on our blog along with some inspiration and great ideas for fellow gardeners. It will be fun to see how this evolves. Until next time…