First Daffodils of 2017

Every year in the garden is different. Sometimes it's warmer than normal, sometimes colder. We may have more rain than usual or we may be in a drought. All of these factors affect how the plants grow, what comes up, and when they make their first appearance. One special event I like to notate each year on this garden blog is the flowering of the first daffodils of the year. It's exciting to see flowers begin to bloom after a drab and dreary winter season. Daffodils tend to be one of the first flowers of the year to flower in my garden. In addition to daffodils we'll see Winter Blooming Jasmine and other winter to spring blooming flowers begin to make their appearance. I've also seen foliage of iris and hyacinth beginning to emerge. Watching the progression of winter to spring is one of the most exciting parts of gardening!…

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The Awakening of a Spring Garden

"There has been an awakening, have you felt it?" - Supreme Leader Snoke Yes, indeed we have. While Star Wars and Gardening are not necessarily tied together I felt that this quote is so appropriate for describing the spring garden. It is an awakening. The warmer weather and longer days combine to encourage plants to come alive again from dormancy. It's time for the daffodils to shine, the hyacinths to fill the air with their heady fragrance, and life to once again return to the garden. Spring is my favorite time for gardening. The transition from winter to spring provides the most pleasant weather for working and playing outdoors. It's a great time for mulching, tilling, pruning, cleaning, and doing everything you to can outdoors! If you haven't already it's time to start your seeds. Seed starting indoors is a great way to save money in the garden for the…

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