Is Spring Finally Here?

A quote that describes this year’s weather so well.

‘In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours. — Mark Twain

Is spring finally here? Are we really going to see grass again? Will the flowers bloom again? Cross your fingers! This warmup has been a long time coming.

The perennials that we overwintered inside are all unpacked thanks to our landscape crew. It is a big job and I really appreciate their help. We do still need to unpack the plants overwintered outside but we need a little bit more of the snow to melt. We should be able to get to them this week.

Thankfully, the weather hasn’t slowed down annual production very much. We have been rocking and rolling in the greenhouses for about 6 weeks and, for the most part, we are on schedule.

Violsa

Don’t they look good? Paul changed the varieties of pansies and violas we grow and I think he made a great choice. I really like the new purple violas.

fuchsia basket Begonia baskets

Our baskets are looking great. The fuchsias are already starting to flower and my new favorite, Mega Watt begonias, look fantastic. I didn’t think they come up with a better begonia than the Dragonwing but the Mega Watt series is moving to the top of the list.

Our succulents are all planted and growing very nicely.

kalanchoe flowering Bear Paw

This kalanchoe is so happy to be here that it is already flowering, their blooms are pretty neat. They are so sturdy that they almost look fake. The second one is called bear paws. Doesn’t it look just like little bear paws? It is always a hit! Everyone thinks it is so cute when they see it.

orange mint

Paul added to our Sargent’s grown herb line-up with some of the hardier herbs. We are growing a few different kinds of mints, plus rosemary, tarragon, and oregano.

Our crazy spring weather inspired me to put up a bird feeder because I felt so bad for those poor birds. I got a feeder that attaches to my kitchen window. Because I can see it without going outside, I remember to fill it. The birds help too. The other day, it was empty and I swear one of the birds knocked on the window to tell us to fill it up.  So far, I’ve seen a lot of purple finches (I think, maybe they are house finches. I can’t tell the difference.), juncos plus one chickadee.

Anyway, I am ready for spring! I started few seeds this year, that I can’t wait to get in the ground and see how they perform. I would like to have my yard certified as a Monarch way-station this year. While I have a lot of butterfly friendly perennials already, I want to add annuals to round it out.  I am growing zinnias and tithonia for nectar plants, plus fennel for the swallowtail larvae to eat.

Tithonia (Mexican sunflower) was recommended by more than one of the speakers at the pollinator symposium I attended this winter, so I’m excited to see what kind of pollinators will visit it this summer.

How about you? Are you aching to get outside? Have you started any seeds? Are you trying anything new this year? Comment on our Facebook or Instagram pages, let us know what you are planning to do this year.

 

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Cathy Maxson is Sargent's Gardens Annual and Perennial Growing manager. In addition to making sure Sargent's grown plants thrive, she enjoys growing in her own garden, canning fruits and vegetables, traveling and staying fit with Taekwondo.