Photo by Alexas Fotos on Pexels.com I am not someone who reads a lot of…
Kym has been sharing Tales from the Garden regularly and I’m jumping on that bandwagon to share a few thoughts along those lines. I’m not an expert like she is and my gardens are teeny by comparison but I do spend a fair amount of time tending my plants and my garden brings me a lot of joy.
My first tip is to look at your garden right now and decide where you might like to see some spring bulbs. And then place your order. Right away.
I am loaded with daffodils and I love them so so much! But as much as I love all of that yellow, I need to add some variety. I’m thinking some pink and white daffodils but I’m also thinking it might be nice to add some hyacinths, too. And if I don’t make note of this now . . . I will forget. Or I will decide that it looked fine and I don’t need to add more variety or color. And then next spring will roll around and I’ll wish I’d planted bulbs in the fall. But that won’t happen this time because I will have assessed and ordered and my bulbs will come in the fall and (despite the fact that I get very lazy about gardening in the fall) I will feel compelled to plant them since I spent the money.
Another tip is to gather your tools now and make sure you have what you need and that what you have is in good working order. Kym shared her favorite tools the other day and I am going to ask for the Felco pruners for Mother’s Day. I also really like 5 gallon buckets for weeds and I use tomato cages for my dahlias. I need to stock up on water storing crystals and potting soil, too. And a new pair of gloves is always a lovely beginning of gardening season treat.
Finally, make sure you have cut back any perennials that you didn’t deal with last fall. My lawn guy did a lot of this for me, including grasses and other shrubs, but I like to do the hydrangeas and roses and small flowering shrubs myself. It’s a good opportunity to get out there and assess things, to look for stuff that’s coming up, and to think about what I want to add this season. My front bed is mostly established and needs very little in the way of new plants but the shady side of my house definitely needs some attention and I suspect that will be in the form of more hellebores.
And that’s my low effort and very amateur gardening advice for spring. I look forward to hearing about what you do in your garden this season.