This week has seen me running back and forth to several garden centers.
The plants are out, people are buying, gardens all over are looking
good……..well many of them, some people just don't seem
interested in this particular hobby. I know from personal experience
gardening is not for the busy, weary, those on a strict budget, and
older less mobile people. However, even if one cannot add to the
plantings, I feel anyone with land around their home can at least
make the effort to keep it tidy and perhaps add a bright pot of
annual color. It lifts the spirit to see something growing and
blooming near the front door, it brings the butterflies and bees, the
birds come and sing their lovely songs, it just makes life more
This particular 'big box' garden center was definitely big on hydrangeas. I love them and have several growing - mine are all blue. I think these pinks are lovely too but I don't have any place to plant them.
We've just had three nights of temperatures dropping to freezing - Mother Nature you can tease and be somewhat cruel, we curse you at times but thankfully we've survived and my plants seem to be OK. I did have to tuck my hanging ferns, and recently planted window box, into the potting shed, and all around people were running hither and thither covering tender plants with whatever lightweight fabric they could find.
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This morning the sun is shining, it's warming up, I'm going into the garden now. I will point, Bob, my ever patient DH and unofficial 'master gardener', will dig another hole or two, and together we'll add a couple more azaleas - don't forget this is the south y'all, and what would our southern gardens be without azaleas!!! Mulch will follow, lots of mulch, before the torrid heat of the southern summer arrives. Yes gardening, as I said, is not for wimps, it's hard work, but it pays off big time when you drive up to your home, let out a big sigh, and know your efforts have paid off. We'll be gardeners for as long as we can.
Are you a gardener? Do you do your own or have assistance from a professional?
What are you planting this spring?