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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