After the long cold winter we experienced, I still can hardly believe that flower planting season is upon us. This weekend is my traditional time for getting my yard in summer shape. I look forward to getting my hands in the dirt and making things pretty again. The sun is going to be in abundance over the next few days, so it will be the perfect weather to just be outside. There is a lot of hard, back breaking prep work to do, as well as the fun planting part, but it is a job that makes me happy and any aches and pains at the end of the day, are well worth it.
And, I get to go to one of my favorite places - the greenhouse. It is definitely my happy place and there is a smile on my face, as I wander the aisles and rows of pretty plants and flowers. I love to fill my cart with the favorite annuals that I plant each year, as well as a few new plants to fill in my perennial garden. There is no rushing this process and I love to read the tags and discover a plant or variety I have never heard of.
My list includes lots of classic red geraniums and pretty petunias for flower pots, along with mexican heather for filler. We were not able to purchase impatiens here in Michigan for a few years, due to disease, so I starting buying vinca for my flower beds and learned to love their hardiness. I also will be buying some black eyed susan to replace a patch near my front porch that didn't survive the winter.
You will find me this weekend in my yard and in my flower garden, doing what I love and what I dreamed about all throughout the winter months - planting happiness :-)