I Bought A Splash Of Spring! ~ It has been quite a winter! I live in Canada and lots of parts of this huge country have experienced some pretty extreme winter weather including loads of snow and ridiculous freezing temperatures. It is March now and where I live it’s still cold and there is still lots of snow everywhere. Warmer temperatures are forecast so it should be interesting when all of this snow melts.
Don’t get me wrong. I like winter and it is very pretty here. But now I m tired of it and ready to move onto Spring. It is the month of March after all.
The Solution: I Bought A Splash Of Spring!
I bought a splash of Spring to enjoy indoors in the form of some really pretty and colourful flowering plants. I was actually inspired by Sheryl the author of the blog Flowering Prose. Sheryl is a gardening enthusiast who lives in the same area as I do and had already written a post called Primula Pondering about a beautiful Primula that she picked up at a grocery store. So I went to the local garden shop to get some colour too. They didn’t have the exact plant Sheryl bought but there was a huge display of these gorgeous brilliant coloured flowers. They were on sale for four for $10.00. (Hey, three similar words in a row!). I couldn’t resist and bought a pretty purple, yellow, deep pink and burgundy Primula.
I received this lovely wooden basket with handles filled with herbs last summer as a gift from some friends and co-workers. Here is where I wrote about My Little Herb Garden.
So I filled it up again with these four Primula plants and added a bright yellow ribbon I had in my ribbon stash. I just tied it into a double bow and attached it to the handles.
I chatted with the horticulturist at the garden shop and did some research on the Polyanthus Primrose and this is what I learned …
- The botanical name ‘Primula’ means ‘first’ in Latin and this plant is the first plant to bloom outdoors in Spring.
- It can start as an indoor plant and will last for two or three months.
- It likes moist soil and doesn’t like to dry out. I found that out the day after I brought them home. I didn’t notice the soil for one of the plants was quite dry and the flowers and leaves turned totally droopy and wilted. I gave it a good drink of water and two hours later it was perky and happy again.
- The flowers can be deadheaded when they are finished blooming and this will encourage more flowers.
- When it is finished blooming you can cut back on the watering a bit.
- It actually is a perennial and can be planted outdoors as soon as the last frost has occurred.
- It likes shade and moist soil so it helps to add peat moss and/or compost to the soil when it is planted.
- It is a Zone 3-9 plant so it should grow where I live. The only problem is that I don’t have a great shady spot for it so I’ll plant them in the back under a tree and cross my fingers.
- I also learned that I will have to mulch it in order to protect it from our winter weather.
Doesn’t it look great on the kitchen table? I am really glad I bought a splash of Spring just to have some new colour in the house even though outside is still white with snow and chilly with cold as I write this post!
These plants make lovely hostess gifts! They are less expensive than a bouquet of cut flowers and they will last for months both indoors and outdoors. Wouldn’t a basket like this filled with a splash of Spring make a fabulous gift for any occasion?
One more thing about Canadian weather. I don’t know if you have ever had a chance to visit Canada but we do get nice warm weather. It isn’t cold and snowy all year round. As a matter of fact we Canadians have to have a four-season wardrobe that includes everything from shorts and sandals, raincoats and rain boots to heavy winter coats and winter boots and everything in between. At least we can’t get bored with the weather or our wardrobes!
Now get going and go buy yourself a splash of Spring if it hasn’t started yet where you live!