EARLY SPRING FLOWERS, PLANT WITH CARE!

Today is a great example of what this story is about. The forecast is sunny and the high today is 70 degrees. But yesterday was 45, windy with rain and down right cold. And here is the best part; tomorrow has a high of only 40 degrees with the next 2 days after that with temperatures only in the 30’s. Be careful that you do not fall into the “Too Early Trap” that so many people do.

Last year Fort Wayne experienced a very hard freeze in late April that caused all of the flowering cherries and the Bradford pears to abort their flowers on the same day that they were starting to bloom. How disappointing was that. But one really should not worry about the trees and shrubs as they are supposed to be out there. You should really think about what you should have done last fall, like plant those spring flowering bulbs such as tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. Note that they are now in bud and bloom everywhere and the gardeners who planted them are not in any hurry to be planting the wrong things now.

If your garden areas look boring, consider planting a few blooming perennials such as winter hardy azaleas, rhododendron and lilacs as they are about ready to bloom now and can tolerate all of the light frosts and light freezes that we will surely still get in April. Only cover them over-night if temperatures threaten to drop below 25 degrees and do not worry if it snows. Snow is warm.

Pansies make a safe, colorful flowerbed in early April and prefer colder temperatures. In fact, if you plant pansies you may need to consider moving them later to an out-of-the-way spot for the remainder of the summer and only move them back again next fall, mixing them in your bed with the spring bulbs. Sound like a lot of work? It’s called “being a gardener.”

The Waynedale News Staff

Doug Hackbarth - Broadview Florist & Greenhouses

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