What’s sprouting in the garden

Spending more time at home means more time to appreciate things that you could easily miss. Spring time is full of special moments that go so quickly and you really only get them once a year. The sprouting in spring, of fall planted bulbs – daffodils, tulips, hyacinths – is something I always look forward to with great anticipation. Many types are perennial and once planted will return year after year.

I have a great collection of tulips that I was able to get while in Amsterdam that brings me back to that wonderful place every time I see them. I remember being in the flower market and being surrounded by every type of bulb, corm, and rhizome you could imagine. I was also able to visit the Keukenhoff and see their amazing gardens, it was so inspiring seeing bulbs planted with such intent. Everything was designed and the results really showed off the efforts that were put in.

It’s not just bulbs that are coming back to life, many perennial herbs like thyme, sage and lavender are also showing signs of their return to green glory. Now is the time to take a good look at your garden and see what has done well, and what looks like it might need to be replaced. It is still so early in the season that some plants could rebound and surprise you. However anything that is clearly dead needs to be removed.

Seeing the true beginnings of spring is something that is so wonderful and really should not be missed. If you’re home and you have a garden, take some time to appreciate it, even though it may not be peak gardening season there is always to to think about what is next, what needs to be done, and what you have accomplished.

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