"In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours."
Well, we still have to think about Spring. It will be here and when it gets here we'll forget about all the snow we had this past winter. We have short term memories when we think in terms of weather. Can you remember the sweltering days of summer last year in the 90 degree heat with high humidity, and you were looking for solace under the shade tree in your yard or your air conditioned home? Probably not. . .
Well, we know one thing for certain: the seasons always change. Without fail. We always have Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. Sometimes certain seasons don't last as long as we'd like them to though. We are blessed in the Northeast to experience all these glorious seasons. Each one makes us appreciate the next one on the horizon. After a snow-filled winter we are all looking forward to some nice warm, sunny days with the robins singing, the "peepers" chirping, and the smell of fresh earth drying out after a winter-long snow cover. And the first time the grass is cut in the spring always brings a smile to your face from the sweet, refreshing smell.
Thought I would share with you some of my favorite, and easy care spring perennials in this post.
I think this year I'll try dividing up some of my clumps and plant them under pine trees in my back yard or in between some hostas. They will be up and flowering before the hostas even pop up out of the ground.
During dry weather you will want to keep your primroses well-watered. Primroses do well partnered with astilbes, hostas, forget-me-nots, and pulmonarias. You can plant them with ferns, but I have found that some ferns can be invasive with their runners and crowd out the smaller perennials such as the primroses.
Some primroses are referred to as cowslips. Cowslips are a native of Europe and Asia and are also referred to as English cowslips. They are frequently found in more open areas such as fields and meadows. They are usually the tall yellow variety. It is considered a wild flower in England. They are a valuable food source for bees.
Hellebores. Another spring flower is the Lenten or Christmas Rose. The Latin name is Hellebores. Depending on your hardiness zone some bloom early around Christmas and others in the early spring around Lent (the time before Easter). The flowers are rose-shaped, and they last quite awhile on the plant (blooms can last up to one month). The flowers are mostly white with shadings of pink on them, but they also come in other colored varieties. As the flower gets older it has a tendency to darken.
|Hellebores or Lenten Rose|
|This is about three clumps of bleeding hearts.|
|White Bleeding Heart|
It won't be long now and the nurseries and stores will be stocking their shelves with perennials and annuals for your gardens.
United States Hardiness Zone Map: US Hardiness Zones
I see it! I see Spring! Can you see it? Look closely, it's on the horizon.
|Breitbeck Park, Oswego, New York|
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