March 27, 2010

First Flowers

My seasonal planters are filled with pussy willow, pansies and ranunculus, all cold-tolerant

 I've spent too many winters in Chicago to think that Spring arrives as scheduled  in March.  Too many painful memories of plants nipped in the bud by an April freeze.  But I  succumbed to the days of sun and warmth that have brought forth some crocus and daffodils and went forth to the garden center today to buy plants to put in my seasonal containers in my front yard.

Winter overall this year was not so bad - we had one day in January of sub-zero temperatures.  The weather forecast for this coming Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April  1 is in the mid-70's .

Though short-lived I'll be happy to get the early warmth so that I can just lie out in the sun and bake away all the winter doldrums.  The flowers are sure to greet the warmth as well but I'm still worried about their survival if a late April or May frost/freeze arrives.

While it wasn't very warm, it was a nice, sunny 51 degrees and the first day I've got to do some planting. I am so looking forward to April and the beginning of the garden season.  The folks at the garden center were working hard to get ready for the coming heat-wave.  It will be a mad house.  Which is why I went today.


Written by Carolyngail at Sweet Home and Garden Chicago
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  1. Yes!!!
    I'm so ready for the 70 degrees forcasted!!!
    I'm in upper Mich... so we're pretty close.
    and your right about this winter....
    It certaintly was milder then it could have been...
    Lets hope spring is early this year and the warm continues...
    xoxo~Kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings...

    Hope you had a ball @ the Garden Center!

  2. Today was pansy day here in Connecticut also! Finally some friendly little faces to grace the window box!

  3. Beautiful containers Carolyn! My pansies looked a little sad yesterday with the past few days of cold weather. I hope they perk up.


  4. Hi Carolyn,
    We are supposed to get those 70s next week, too. I have been itching to go see if the pansies are in the garden centers yet, and am thinking it may be good to go today if it works out. I have had pansies survive when it has gotten down to 28 or so. I hope we don't see any more of those, but you never know.

    I haven't been making the rounds much, because we just had our kitchen remodeled. Even though we went through a company that only took 4 days, it still has taken me a lot of time taking things out and figuring out what gets to go back in.

    Happy Spring!

    Your planters look awesome!

  5. We've been having beautiful weather and everything is beginning to bloom. The thoughts of late freezes linger but I'm hoping they are a thing of the past!

  6. I'm being a Pollyanna this spring and thinking that we're simply having an early spring. We're due for one, don't you think? Of course, I'll be out there covering the magnolias if we get a late freeze like we did last year.

    Yes, your garden center will be hopping next weekend! I can't wait for the warm weather! Today is cold and rainy here. We don't need any more rain. It's laying in the low spots already.

    I'm so disappointed we didn't get to see you at the flower show a few weekends ago. :-( I'm not sure if we'll make it back to Chicago this summer or not, but if we do, we HAVE to get together!!

  7. I love your mossed urns Carolyn, and they look so pretty in their early spring finery.


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