Early Spring Color

pansy_lavender_12smThe long, cold, and dreary winter seems to be hanging on as our desire for spring color grows. Fortunately there are spring interest annuals and perennials available now to satisfy our need for a glimpse of things to come. Pansies and violas are among the happiest of flowers in an amazing array of colors. Primroses in Crayola crayon shades are in their prime. English daisies in hues of red and pink brighten any garden bed or container, and spring blooming bulbs are putting on a show.

As long as you are prepared to cover your plants when the temperatures dip below freezing, you can safely plant them in your beds or containers. At Waterloo Gardens we specialize in creating beautiful container gardens for all seasons so stop by this week and brighten your outdoor entrances for the coming holiday and talk to one of our gardening experts if you have any questions at all!

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Cool April Weather – Protecting Your Plants

Here we are, close to May, and a freeze warning has been put into effect for tonight.  The next two nights are going to be cold too.

It is very important that you protect any tender plants that you may have purchased.  Frost blankets, sheets, indoor covers, towels – whatever you use, you need to create protection from the possible temperatures of the high twenties to freezing.  Cover your annuals well, especially impatiens, sweet potato vine, begonias, and coleus.  If possible, bring your containers into a garage or into the house.  Vegetables need to be covered and protected as well.

Luckily, the cold front is only going to be upon us for about the next 2 or 3 nights.  Keep an eye on www.accuweather.com for the latest updates.

Protect your Plants

It is going to be COLD tonight – below freezing cold.  We all need to protect our plants – water the roots (not the leaves) well and then cover with a protective tarp, plastic sheet, frost cover, etc.  I am not worried about my pansies.  The most that will happen is that a few flowers may fall off – but more buds will follow.  I am mostly worried about my newly planted cold crops, especially the tiny ones that sprouted from seed.  I will definitely cover them.

I think I will bring my lettuce hanging baskets inside – I will trim them at the same time and enjoy a fresh salad.  🙂