SPRING FEVER!!! I have it and I have it bad! Winter has drudged on and on this year with snowfalls and ice setting regional records and fraying my nerves. If ever I wanted to be done with the cold and wet, it is this year. Only a month away, but spring seems to be only an elusive dream as I gaze out onto fifteen inches of snow. So here I sit dreaming of spring and what I’ll do when I can finally get outside.
Just look at the same scene in Winter and Spring and you will understand why I am longing for the sweet new greens of the leaves and early buds that accompany them. While trying to occupy myself with tending the indoor plants and planning the new season’s garden, I just have an itch that can’t be scratched!
Braving the cold, Hellebores will arrive on the scene in late February and early March. Trimming away their weathered foliage, I’ll witness the renewal of spring.
Little pots of tete a tete narcissus will be on sale and I’ll buy a few to dress up the kitchen window box. After they’ve put on their show, I’ll transplant them into the garden for many years of enjoyment to come!
First of the bulbs planted in the flowerbeds, little crocus will pop up amidst the leaves, a reminder that it’s time to tidy up. A stone garden art piece is nicely surrounded by crocus, more each year as they spread.
Spring calls for spring flowers! I’ll change out the window boxes and fill them with spring blooms. Last spring I used pussy willow, tete a tete narcissus, primroses, heather, tulips and pansies framed by a bit of ivy from the yard. Adding a watering can or two and some little birds made this window box display sing!
Pansies just make me smile with their sweet, upturned happy faces. Last spring, I found these wonderful ruffled purple pansies and will be on the hunt for them again!
A flush of new white growth on the Japanese Variegated Willow and lush Jackmanii Clematis blooms will frame the trellis entrance to our gazebo garden. Pastel pink climbing roses are soon to follow, old-fashioned ones that make you breathe deeply to suck in their scent as you walk beneath them.
Earlier than all the rest, and by far my favorite Clematis of all, Montana Rubens will cover our porch railing and entry trellis. Remarkably, this clematis seems to do as well with full sun as part shade in our garden, an endearing trait indeed!
Early spring is signaled by the pastel blooms of Kerria, Lilac and Leucothoe shrubs and Dicentra on the side of our house. Wafts of the Lilac’s fragrance will follow me as I progress from one flowerbed to the next, cleaning up and weeding.
Pansies and Creeping Jenny are great spring starters in my tipsy pots. Later in the season, I plan to do a succulent display in them!
By mid-Spring, tree and shrubbery foliage will be leafing out and my Dad’s Iris will bloom, always a sweet remembrance of him. Their official name was lost long ago before I ever got divisions. We simply call these beauties “Dad’s Iris”.
Best of all, I’ll know it’s spring for sure when I get an e-mail from our favorite nursery, Groff’s, announcing they are opening for the season! My friend and I will mosey into Pennsylvania farmlands through Amish country for a gardening road trip. We always fill her car! Then it’s time to get planting!
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