Winter stinks. The holidays are over, it’s freezing cold, and there is way too much snow outside. So yeah, winter pretty much stinks. I don’t think I’m the only one that feels this way, everyone seems to be growing tired of winter. I can’t help but daydream about summer and, if you ask me, warm weather can’t come soon enough.
Since packing up and moving to the Caribbean for the rest of winter doesn’t seem totally practical, I’ve been forced to think up other ways to fight the winter blues. Although it’s a bit premature, I’ve started planning my spring garden to put my daydreaming to work.
Last year, we were so busy installing a patio we didn’t have time left over to plant flowers and put the finishing touches on the yard. This year, I figure if I start planning in February I should be able to finish everything come summer time! So I have already picked out flower seeds so I can begin planning my garden:
Admittedly, I don’t know very much about gardening so this year is going to be a bit of trial and error. Other than prettiness of course, I picked flower seeds based on how much sun they require, their hardiness, perennials vs annuals, and their bloom time. I bought 6 different seed packets with bloom times that vary from early spring to fall to enjoy flowers as long as possible. Based on sunlight and a bloom times, I mapped out where I’d like to plant these seeds come spring time (using a free trial of Garden Planner software I found online).
Here’s a sketch of how our yard looks now (under all of the snow):
And here’s the plan come springtime:
The plan is to add two trees and lattice with ivy for privacy, pretty flowers, and hopefully a small vegetable garden. Here’s a close-up of the planned patio plants and when they’re set to bloom:
I’ve chosen to try my hand at growing Russell Lupines, Orange Butterfly Flowers, Dwarf Magic Carpet Snapdragons, Bellis English Daisy, Mixed Colors Delphinium, and Dwarf Fairy Candytuft. Do you have any experience or tips for raising these flowers? Am I crazy to start planning my garden now or have you started spring planning too? Any other tips to help fight the winter blues?
It will still be a while before I can begin planting anything, but I love looking at these plans knowing that spring isn’t that far around the corner.
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