I confess. I can’t take it anymore! We had a bit of balmy weather through Easter weekend but winter is dragging its frosty heels on its way out the door. The temps dropped after our brief “warm” spell (and it wasn’t all that warm to begin with). I’m telling myself that since spring has been reticent to cooperate, it means we’ll have a wonderful summer. Yesterday I broke down and visited the green house and left with an armful of flowers and plants.
This group of perky Pansies are nestled in a white-painted basket. It used to be a brightly striped Easter basket but I toned it down with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White. It’s the perfect home for the simple Pansy.
My fondness for these fragrant flowers began when my two daughters were born. They both had February birth dates and that’s when the markets carry Hyacinths. So each time I was in the hospital, I had a purple Hyacinth in the room and the nurses and doctor loved to visit me because of the wonderful fragrance.
Since I’m not entirely sure that it’s safe to plant these flowers in the ground just yet, I found containers around the house to pot them up. Simple is better when it comes to containers. It’s my opinion that you want the flowers to steal the show … not the container.
As a kid, my neighbor used to let me pick her Pansies whenever I wanted. She said the more you pick them, the more they flower. I loved visiting her garden and picking their pretty little faces to take home.
I left the Hyacinths in their original pots and ripped old book pages to fit, and then wrapped them around the plastic pot. To hold the pages in place, I tied a piece of twine around the container. Simple, easy, and cute!
While I was potting the flowers on the front porch, Taffy made it quite clear that there was one basket I couldn’t touch. She likes to sleep in this basket … yes, on top of the dirt! When she’s not looking I plan to fill this basket full of impatiens when the weather’s warmer.
Have you planted any spring flowers yet? I find gardening extremely therapeutic and couldn’t wait any longer!
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