All posts tagged: spring planting

Impatient for SunPatiens!

For many years, I had a favorite shade plant that I loved to grow on my back deck, where the morning sun kissed it briefly. They were called Impatiens, a prolific flowering plant, and they were impatient to bloom! A few years ago, I was informed by my garden center that they would not be selling them, due to the fact that Impatiens were overcome by a plant disease called downy mildew. I was sad to see them go. Then, a new hybrid of Impatiens arrived on the scene that were unaffected by the mildew. They were called SunPatiens, and they took my breath away! I’ve grown SunPatiens ever since and I’m still thrilled with them. In fact, I’m waiting impatiently to grow them again this year…

A Must Do This Spring: Plant Tomatoes!

Some of us have anxiously planned ahead by preparing for this glorious time of year. Now it is time to go into the garden! ​There are many varieties of tomato plants that I have grown in containers. Read on to learn about the different types that have worked for me, seedlings that will grow in your space, where you can buy them, and how to plant them…

Spring Ahead Before It’s Time!

The English proverb “good things come to those who wait” must have been penned by someone who lived in the tropics and never had to go through a winter. We all know it’s not quite time to turn our clocks ahead, but let’s face it, we all want something before it’s time. And for me, that would be Spring! If patience eludes you too, and you need to spring ahead right now, here’s some insight and direction on how to jump start the season by forcing flower bulbs indoors. No, you don’t literally force bulbs to go inside….you force them to bloom inside! The easiest bulbs to force are the Paperwhites (Narcissus). Since they are tropical bulbs they don’t need a freezing period in order to bloom. amzn.to/1T6nVeF This is so easy you’re going to think you’ve missed a step! 1. You’ll need a tall, wide mouth, clear glass cylinder or hurricane vase. The taller the better, since Paperwhites tend to flop over from being top heavy when flowering. amzn.to/1QqjoBp  or  amzn.to/1oPOIPr 2. Place polished river stones on …