The first day of spring is right around the corner, and the spring garden buzz is building.
“Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.”
Green is the color of spring- a back to nature neutral that lushly complements all shades of green and spring related colors.
Hydrangeas bud, bloom, and beautify the Southern flower garden.
The blue hydrangea bush Dave the Builder planted for me last spring bit the dust this winter.
Although our winter was mild compared to our northern friends, yours truly failed to properly protect the hydrangea bush during the one below freezing blast we did have.
Guess what’s on my spring garden buzz list to plant.
Fliers from local nurseries and garden centers are beginning to arrive in the mail, and I’m plotting the potting garden path to full bloom color.
Local farmers are preparing the fields, ready to plant, water, and harvest the sweetest corn and tomatoes soon to be the stars of the local farm stand.
“Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.”
There’s no two ways about it, getting garden ready involves getting a little garden dirty.
Enter the garden workstation.
Opening a bag of potting soil, filling a pot or planter with it and working the soil, adding the seeds or gingerly removing a plant or flower from the nursery pot, and placing the plant or flower into the pot is a relaxing therapy session of sorts.
Garden workstations, potting tables, and potting benches make life in the garden so much easier.
There’s plenty of options of both the retail and DIY kind.
The chippy chic farm table I found at a curbside boutique (trash) worked for years until it disintegrated. Before that, two saw horses and a sheet of pressure- treated plywood got the job done.
The point is a garden workstation is garden potting, trimming, storage hub.
Customizing a potting bench is as simple as a gallon of paint and garden perfect hardware and hooks.
Container ideas for early spring planting from Garden Answer.
Isn’t this gorgeous!
My first thought when I saw this pink wheelbarrow was what a great Mother’s Day gift idea.
A pink wheelbarrow loaded with garden goodies such as a flat of color rich flowers, a bag of mulch, gardening gloves and the like will be a big hit with the gardenista group.
Estate and garage sales are garden supplies treasure troves for finding pots, planters, tools, and decorative garden statues in good and stylish curb appeal condition.
Garden cloches help to keep cute garden visitors from feasting upon plants and flowers.
Stepping stones add instant flair and function to lawn and garden.
The first hint of spring comes through longer days and first traces of pollen in rain puddles along the driveway.
Wind chimes doing their spring thing, early morning into afternoon serenades from the feathered choir and full blooms of back yard azalea bushes remind me of early Aprils spent in Texas lazing around the sleep porch at my great-grandparent’s house.
Emails, E cards, and online greetings rule the present day communication preferences, but there’s something about the handwritten note that is still so special.
In keeping with the bee theme I’m sharing these spring garden buzz appropriate and ever stylish dish and decor options.
The taste of spring in a bottle becomes a recipe project ready to bee keep and gift.
Photo by Jose Picayo
8 cups mild honey
10 sprigs of rosemary
In a medium saucepan over low heat, cook honey and 6 sprigs rosemary just until honey begins to bubble around the edges. Remove from heat and let steep for 20 minutes.
Using tongs, remove and discard rosemary sprigs and any stray leaves. To decant, divide honey among 4 clean 16-ounce jars. Let cool completely, about 40 minutes. Insert 1 fresh sprig rosemary into each jar, and tighten lids to seal.
Embellish the jar with a free printable bee tag of your choice secured with natural raffia or bee inspired ribbon for a fun and festive look.
After sourcing and sharing these spring garden lovelies, I know I can certainly see what all the spring garden buzz is about.
With one week to go until the first day of spring, it’s time to plan your get it growing garden.