Spring is just around the corner, and March 12th is the day to participate in National Plant a Flower Day. Each year this day is dedicated to the planting of flowers and looking forward to the spring season. Flower gardening has become a hobby for many, young and old, and National Plant a Flower Day is a start to the new season each year.
Marigolds and Daffodils are the flowers of this month.
It’s good to know the zone you live in to determine which flowers grow as perennials (those that grow back every year) in your area and which are considered annuals (those that require planting every year). To find out more check out the USDA site for Hardiness Zones.
Seeds can be started inside and set in a sunny window. When the weather is nicer, move those plants outside. Keep the soil moist, but not wet and follow the instructions on the seed package for proper germination of the seedling. For those who can’t wait, get out those seed catalogs and start planning your next flower garden.
Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul. ~Luther Burbank, botanist (1849-1926)
Are you in a warmer climate? Then it’s time to get out the trowel and the garden gloves and start turning over some new soil. Sow some new seeds, bulbs or plants and nurture those blossoms into a brilliant blaze for the whole neighborhood to enjoy.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Tips for Starting a Flower Garden
- Start with a potted garden. If you aren’t ready to tear up a patch of lawn, this is a good way to go. They do require more watering, but less care overall.
- Select plants that grow well in your spot. Some plants grow well in the shade and others prefer the sun. Others love both!
- Did you know gardeners who prefer perennial gardens have to thin their flower beds every couple of years? They also like to share the extra bulbs and seeds with those who are new to gardening, so if you know someone with a green thumb, get to know them better. You might get some free plants, advice and a budding friendship!
- Local greenhouses stock plants that grow well in your area. Don’t be afraid to ask them questions and shop there frequently.
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