Saturday, March 24, 2012

Welcome to Spring!

The first signs of spring emerged much earlier than I (or almost anyone else) expected.  In fact, our winter here was so mild that I had several plants in containers that never fully died back.  And our recent warm temperatures have been the focus of many a gardening article and news segment. 

For me, one of the most delightful signs of spring is the blooming of hyacinths and daffodils.  Here is one of the many hyacinth that I planted in my containers two years ago.  The color is so vibrant and the fragrance is amazing. Hyacinth comes in bulb form and should be planted in the fall along with your daffodils and tulips.  And as the photo shows, they do perfectly well in containers but I recommend that they be planted in a rather large container because small ones might not offer enough winter protection for the bulb.

I intend to begin my weekly postings now that the season is getting into gear.  I'll have new plants to show, new books to recommend, and I hope to add more food to my container garden this year. 

Bookshelf:  Container Gardening Books