Spring is the sign of warmer days ahead. The days grow longer, and the nights shorter. The snow starts to melt away, and life comes back to wherever you may be living. Or, it just continues raining every single day, especially if you are living in the pacific northwest like I am.
Even so, one of my favorite parts of spring’s arrival is starting my summer garden. (Green thumbs are all the rage this spring, after all!) Last year, the only thing I planted was a fuchsia in a container, and sadly the majority of the plant was ruined during a wind storm when the container was knocked off of the stand I had it on. I was never able to bring it back to its original state after that happened.
This year, I may plant fuchsias again, but I have my sights set on new flowers. I am planning on a window box, and am possibly going to build a plant stand for my back yard. I’m most excited about the window box. I found these gorgeous flowers called Ranunculus during trips to a few stores while I was on the search for ideas. They’re more commonly known as Persian Buttercups, and come in a variety of colors. Knowing the location of my window box, I chose a flower that would do well in full sun. I am also planning to buy plant starters rather than tubers.
We are also planting various herbs this year. I have never really planted anything but flowers before so I am excited to see how it will turn out. Since it is just my husband and I, I am sure we will dry most of the herbs and store them for later use. However, I am sure we will have plenty and it will hopefully save us a little bit of money in the long run. I may even gift some of the herbs, depending on how much of a yield I get.
I am by no means an authority on gardening, but if you are a beginner there are a few things to find out ahead of time. First of all, find out what USDA plant hardiness zone you live in. This will help you figure out when to plant. Most seed packets have it printed on the label, but if you are looking at plant starters, it is also good to have this information ahead of time. Also, most nurseries and stores that have a gardening department have flowers out based on the season and where you live, so it’s almost a no brainer!
Second, decide where you are planning to put your flowers. I live in a triplex in the middle unit. I don’t have much of a yard, so basically everything I plant this year will be in a container, and most of it will be in full sun. If you are not planting in a container, you need to find out what kind of soil you have in your yard to make sure that anything you plant will survive and become hardy. Also, figure out if you will have lots of sun, partial shade, or only shade. All flowers have different needs to thrive!
If you want to put multiple types of flowers or plants in the same container, find out what companion plants would work best with one another. This will make it much easier for your plants to prosper in the same container together. And, it will make a beautiful set up if you can find flowers that complement one another.
I can’t wait to see my flowers grow, and to spend a little bit more time outside in the sun. Gardening is a great way to de-stress and unwind!
Happy planting and happy spring!
What are you looking forward to most about this spring? Do you plant a garden? Sound off in the comments below!