What to plant this year

Every year the seed books come out before Christmas and I never look at them until the new year. When I do I never know what to order because I want EVERYTHING.  I usually go through them and marked everything I like.  Then wait and go through them again and try to be realistic about it.  You have to look at what you have already planted, move what you think would do better and get what you want.  Below is a picture of my front garden as of today.  Looks pretty sad, but in just a few months the first flowers of the season will be blooming.  You want flowers in your garden from May to October.  Careful planning is needed and even then is not guaranteed it will turn out.  The wrong temperature, water, nutrients, can make flowers grow faster, slower or not at all, and every year it is different.  My garden plants are constantly being moved around. thought needs to be given to where the sun reaches throughout the growing season and how long.  you also need to look at what type of garden you want.  Wild, neat, English, spring, summer gardens are different types. then you need to consider what you can grow in containers.  Container growing is fun and you can be very imaginative what to use a container. I have seen old work boots, bike basket (on a bike), wheel barrel and even a toilet. to get inspiration go to Pinterest for great ideas. Later this year I will talk more about container growing.  For online ordering search ordering seeds, gardening Canada or plants Canada.  Next post I will be setting up my indoor lights to start growing seeds for this year.

front garden

 

 

front garden

front garden

front garden

What to do in Gloomy Feburary

Well, it’s February 2, and Wiarton Willie has predicted an early spring.  That should lighten the gloomiest month of the year.  Shouldn’t it?  What is the percentage he has been right?  According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, The groundhog is only right about 37% of the time.  But, what they get wrong, they do bring some laughter and celebration during the winter months.   At this time every year, my mother and I have a tradition of visiting our local greenhouse to get some springtime inspiration. What I call my Happy Place…a gardening centre, usually Vermeer’s or Rice Road Greenhouses.  When I walk around the feeling of spring and summer come back.  I get excited looking at the new garden items that will be out and as I said before seeds are available.  This is the first time each year I get thinking about my gardens for the summer. I always pick up hyacinths (purple they have the most scent) because once they open your whole house smells like spring.  When I was young my mother had white hyacinths on the south side of the house and I would always pick them and bring them to her.  Little did I know she would be upset because she wanted them left outside so everyone could see them.  Whenever I smell the white ones, they always bring me back to that time.

 

 

This Weekend

With all this gloomy weather, what can a gardener do to keep their spirits up?  Well, this coming Saturday is National Seed Swap day! Sat January 28th this year but it’s the last Saturday of January every year.  So if you saved any seeds from your last year, call up your friends and family and ask if they have any seeds they might want to swap.  You can also head out to your neighbourhood nursery they should have the seed displays up.  I was in Zehrs in Welland, ON and there was a seed display up already.  I am always excited when I receive my seed catalogues.  I started receiving at Christmas time.  They have been safely tuck away until this of year when I can start planning my gardens. I usually receive VersysStokes and Richters catalogues.  Of course, you can search the web for seeds.  I ordered “live” plants in March last year and they were not delivered until May when i could plant them.