Things are looking up! But don’t get too excited.

What a difference a week makes in the greenhouse! While the first week in March was so frustrating, mostly due to the weather, the second week felt much more bright and cheery. 🙂

IMGP3204And all the little miracles keep popping up. Remember what these looked like a week ago?

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Last week I also worried about whether Mabel would root out. Look at those tiny little roots!

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And this Mabel Grey is really anxious to get growing!

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She didn’t even lose much foliage. Can’t you smell that wonderful lemon scent? Makes my mouth water just looking at this picture!

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We finally got enough liners in to plant up the city hanging baskets. Kinda hard to believe that this….

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will be this in a few short months!

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I took a quick stroll through the display bed on Sunday. This optimistic daffodil is starting to peek through the mulch. The first break of dormancy always makes me smile!

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Snow Angel heuchera is an evergreen perennial, but I’m always excited to see she made it through another winter.

As excited as I am to see these sure signs of spring, I had to pull myself up short and remember that it really is only the middle of March. It is way too early to do clean-up work in the perennial beds. I itch to cut back dead foliage, rake up the debris. As nice as our forecast is, we will still suffer from some pretty cold nights. A severe drop in temperature after perennials think summer is coming can be fatal. More perennials die from a late killing frost than from very cold January! So I am trying to be content with watching and waiting. Sigh.

Fall Bulbs

Now is the perfect time to plant your spring blooming bulbs. This year’s bulbs are very nice, large bulbs. Pick them up this weekend when you join us for Oktoberfest at The Prairie Bistro or call 756-6072 to make sure we are in (we almost always are!).

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My personal fav is the Spring Green tulip!

To plant, dig a hole about 6 inches deep and at least 12 inches wide. Add a dusting of bone meal, place 3-5 or more bulbs in each hole, and cover with soil. Water well. Keep the spot moist until freeze up.

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Okay, I meant my favorite tulip. I think my favorite fall bulb is daffodil. They are deer resistant and seem to tolerate moist springs better than tulips (at least they out performed many other plants this spring 🙂 ). Use the same planting procedure as for the tulips.

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Squills are great naturalizers. Plant these little gems about 2 inches deep.

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Don’t forget crocus! Crocus need to reside about 3 inches below the surface of the soil.

Shockwave Phlox

Yeah, I know this isn’t a fall bulb, but I really couldn’t resist tucking this photo in. Shockwave Phlox is another favorite. This resilient soul is planted in a flower bed that got absolutely no extra anything this summer. Even before it bloomed, the foliage brightened up the landscape!

Sunny Daffodils

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Finally! I’ve been waiting for evidence of life below the oh-so-cold mulch. Today the daffodils burst forth in sun-shiny joy! Just in time for Mother’s Day!

Speaking of which, don’t forget our Open House Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 each day. We are offering 10% off on all hanging baskets, as long as you take them home with you.

Full lunch menu Saturday with just soup on Sunday. Sign up for door prizes, too!