spring fever

Considering it’s February and there’s snow on the ground, I have to say that it is really nice out today. It’s almost 40 out, which feels downright balmy! I am really starting to itch for warmer weather and greener landscapes. Last year my daffodils didn’t appear until mid-April!

daffodil

Let’s hope they pop a little sooner this year. Then it will be time for my azaleas to brighten up the front yard with their pretty pink blooms.

azalea

And, of course I like to plant petunias in containers to liven up the back deck. I’m not sure what colors I’ll pick this year, but last year I was heavy on the purple.

petunia patio pots

I love hosta buds, too. I think they look so cool and funky before the open up into flowers.

hosta

And, of course there are my roses! They performed so well last year even with my neglect. (Between taking care of a newborn and the construction on the upstairs I barely paid them any attention).

yellow rose

I hope my hydrangea blooms this year. I think that last year I overpruned it. Early in the spring I’ll spread some peat around it; a friend told me that’s all she does and hers produces lush clusters of flowers. I also am planning an herb garden. Herbs can be used for everything from spicing up your food to aiding in digesting. If you’re wondering how to get rid of blackheads, I bet there’s an herbal remedy for it. We’re not participating in a CSA this year so I might (might) plant a few tomatoes, cukes, radishes, and lettuce. Maybe even pumpkins and melon, we’ll see. I always have big thoughts at this time of year, but when it comes to actually planting everything and maintaining a garden, well… the plans don’t always pan out, LOL!

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