Thursday, May 11, 2017

Spring Has Sprung in the Garden and in Patio Pots

by Karen Rose Smith

I'm so happy spring has finally sprung in Pennsylvania!  Within the next week, I should be able to plant planters for the patio and decide what hubby can plant in the gardens.  This year I started seeds for petunias and snapdragons in January on a heat pad under a grow light.  In March, I started heirloom tomatoes. This week I planted zucchini and sunflower seeds and they are already popping up.

I like to raise my own flowers and herbs so that they are pesticide free.  Bonnie and Clyde, the two stray cats we care for, spend napping and playing time in our gardens.  With catmint, lemon catmint, valerian, cat thyme, ornamental oregano, and lemon balm interspersed among the cat safe flowers,  I know in our gardens at least Bonnie and Clyde are protected. 

I'll wait until Memorial Day to plant zinnia seeds. I spread about 1000 of them at various hard-to-grow spots. Zinnias are resilient and strong. However, I do share them with the bunnies. 

Since we experienced a warm winter, our rose bushes all have new growth and buds. We should see blooms around June 1.  I keep a log of what blooms when so when I'm writing I can describe scenery accurately.  Both of my mystery series are set in Pennsylvania.

Hoping Spring brings you vivid colors and happy thoughts. 

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