All of the years I lived in Iowa, Mothers Day in May was the beginning of spring for flower planting. 4 hours south in Missouri, I begin mid April. With my first flower purchase of the year, I feel love and contentment. It’s a renewal! I find great pleasure dragging pots out of the garage, packing potting soil under my fingernails and spreading out the beauty on every flat surface I can find. I’m never disappointed with the amazing color display that surrounds me on the deck early summer. Then the hot summer starts frying the beauties even though they are protected much of the day under the leaf canopy…..and I have to start hauling water out of the house in a watering can and old ice tea plastic containers…refill after refill after refill….because the damn hose won’t reach from the side of the house to the deck. This irritates me. Then I found this cloth expandable hose on Amazon. It is a very small hose ….. until I hook it to the regular hose and WOW it expands to 25 feet so I can reach every flower from one end of the deck to the other. RECOMMEND!
I’ve always been partial to petunias…as long as they are dead headed, the color display is amazing…until you miss a few days of care
For the last two years, I’ve been sheltering pots of these in the basement during winter.
And then my pride and joy….the potted plant the Baxter Fire and EMS sent me when I retired in 2014. I stress out every winter when it starts dropping leaves but as soon as I get it outside it rejuvenates and is more beautiful than ever!
Until next time….