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What is Showing in Your Garden?

Cool Wave Pansies

Doesn’t the lack of snow and the spring temperatures make you want to see what might be poking out of the ground? Last night I came home to little spots of color scattered through my lawn. My Crocus’ are up!

spring crocus

Every year, I forget that I planted them until I see them poking their little heads out of the ground. After seeing them, I had to take a walk around and see what else might be starting to grow. My Tulips, Daffodils, Daylilys, and Rhubarb are all starting to wake up.

Rhubarb

Mmmmm…. pie….

Meanwhile, in the greenhouses, our annuals are growing nicely. The first in line to the stores will be the Pansies and Violas.

Cool Wave Pansies  Spring Pansies and Violas

They will take the cool spring temperatures, so they are great for early season color.

The overwintered Perennials are also starting to wake up. They have all been unpacked. The unpacking crew rocked it! They finished up in record time!

Unpacked Perennials Ground Covers

The overwintered ground-covers look fantastic! I am always amazed at how the hens and chicks look when we open the Greenhouses in the Spring.

Hens and Chicks Sempervivum

They seem to multiply through the winter.

Since we are always short of Perennial Greenhouse space in the spring, over the last few years, I have been testing overwintering different types plants in the outside areas. For the most part, it has been working out pretty well. When they are overwintered outside, they don’t come out of dormancy as early. So when we have a cold snap there isn’t as much lush growth to suffer cold damage. In fact, they start waking up at a similar rate as the plants in the garden. Here is an overwintered Rhubarb, a Dicentra and a Monarda.

Rhubarb Dicentra Bleeding Heart Monarda Beeblam

Bare root Perennials have also been arriving. Just for fun, I am going to end this post with a picture of a bare root Perennial. Let me know on our Facebook page what you think it is. 🙂

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Cathy Maxson is Sargent's Gardens 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 walking her dogs.