Happy Spring!

Spring is a great time in the garden. Here in New England it is a time to finally get out and address the garden which has been sleeping since late fall. This year the ground is not covered with snow but now I can see all the projects that were left over from last planting season.

The first thing that I will do will of course clean up the yard and then put down a good application of an organic fertilizer. At Fran’s we sell Espoma products. We like them because the whole line is 100% organic and is not harmful to pets or humans alike.

The second thing on my Spring to do list is to replace my winter containers. Most of the greens in my Holiday arrangements are starting to get a little dry and brown. I will pull out the greens and add some great Spring items. Typically pansies will be my go to plant for Spring. Pansies are amazingly cold tolerant. I have seen pansies take a deep freeze and come out of it unscathed. There are many choices to bring color to the early Spring landscape. All the bulb plants will work and are synonymous with Spring. Even some of the summer accent plants can transition well from Spring through fall> For example trailing vinca and cascading ivy are prime candidates that will last from these cold days of Spring to the warm days of Summer and Fall.

Last but not least enjoy the longer days and the opportunity to get out and enjoy the sun on your back. It has been a long cold Winter. After all this is what we have been waiting for.

Flower of October and November: Chrysanthemum

What’s in a name: Chrysanthemum combines two words from the Greek language and means Golden Flower.

History: Chrysanthemums have been used and revered by the Chinese since at least the early 15th century, according to the National Chrysanthemum Society USA, “As an herb, it was believed to have the power of life. Legend has it that the boiled roots were used as a headache remedy; young sprouts and petals were eaten in salads; and leaves were brewed for a festive drink.” Continue reading “Flower of October and November: Chrysanthemum”

September Flower of the Month – Aster

What’s in a Name: Aster is both the genus and one of the common names of a most popular flower that ranges from daisy-like to star-like in form. The word Aster originates from the Latin for Star. Other names include Michaelma’s Daisy, Star Wort and Herb of Venus.

History: A popular tale is that Asters come from stardust formed by the tears of Virgo (or Astaea). Aster species (over 600 of them) are found throughout the world and have thus been popular for gardens and gifting for many centuries. They were also used as medicinal plants in many regions and laid upon soldiers graves in France.

Symbolism: true and powerful love, wisdom, faith, valor

Did You Know:
• burning of Asters was thought to ward off snakes in days past
• Asters are very attractive to butterflies
• They are very long lasting as cut flowers
• Asters are cousins to Artichokes
• Asters are an easy care choice for late summer and autumn gardens
• Chinese Asters are the most common type used in florist bouquets

August Flower of the Month – Gladiolus

What’s in a Name:  The genus Gladiolus comes from Latin word “gladius” meaning sword, for the plant’s sword-shaped leaves. Some myths say the flower sprang forth where ever there was bloodshed during battles of Roman Gladiators. A more charming story attributes the name to a Prince named Lolus who rescued and fell in love with a maiden named Glad…the twist being that the evil wizard she was destined to marry turned them both into the flowers we know as Gladiolus! Continue reading “August Flower of the Month – Gladiolus”