Are you ready?
Do you want to plant 'something' but have no gardening experience? Do you putter around in the yard, but want to learn more about plant culture? Are you afraid to do ANYTHING out there?? You've landed on the right page! Plantasia is all about helping you to create gardens you will enjoy-stress free, natural (no chemical products at all!)and suitable for Connecticut's unique environment.
With 18 years of experience in the gardening industry, I can help you to understand your particular site and choose the proper plants for those conditions; that's really the key to gardening success. Follow along on my website for seasonal tips and if you'd like more guidance and information, check the Workshops page to see where I will be offering programs in 2015. Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a consultation at your home.
Here in the northeast (southeastern CT to be exact), the melting has begun! Sloppy slushy driveways, muddy spots by walkways, and constant dripping from snow still deep on roofs. We've had bright sunny days with 40-50 degrees-balmy compared to the single digit high temperatures a few weeks ago.
What to do now??
It's the perfect time to plant tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. Grow Your Own is a program at Smith's Acres in Niantic on Sunday, March 29 from 1-3. Go to the Workshops and Classes page for details!
Tomato seedlings grow best under a grow light in cool conditions. This keeps the growth rate slower and makes a sturdier plant. At this stage shown above, the plants will be moved to 4"pots, buried almost to the top leaves to promote root growth along the stems.
'A daffodil by any other name....' I'm no Shakespeare...and these aren't roses...but, I wanted to show you how diverse the daffodil family is. Pictured are 'papillon' or butterfly narcissus...split cup types. Not as traditional as the sweeps of golden yellow trumpets of King Alfred or Dutchmaster, but surprising and incredible when viewed close up along a border or popping up by the front door.
Although they are planted in the fall, take note of any favorites you see this year so you won't forget what you loved. Take photos if you can't identify the variety; also, watch your spring and early summer gardens and notice where you could use some color before the perennials come in.
Besides daffodils (narcissus), look for hyacinths, crocus, snowdrops and later on, allium. Spring bulbs are great to tuck in next to perennials with lush foliage that will hide dying leaves of the bulbs.
Local Stars of the Plant World and beyond....
Many of my friends and relatives are multi-talented...they plant, cook, sew, crochet, play music, ride horses, write books, build things...soooo, I asked them to contribute to my site with some very real usable information for all of you. Like talking to your best friend or mom on the phone and learning a few of their secrets of success. Take a break and check out Time for Tea
How To Succeed in Gardening
Without Really Trying
Sometimes less is more...just by default ( because of life's persistent intervention-and the weather) my gardens are very much on their own. I weed-occasionally; fertilize-occasionally; water-occasionally; and most of the time, have very little plant loss or pest issues. More often than not, too much attention can be just as detrimental as too little. This year, why not try a more relaxed approach...use the Garden Calendar to help plan timing for planting and take care of maintenance. Go out to breakfast with a friend instead of watering, relax with a beverage in a comfy lounge in the middle of the garden and just enjoy what you've accomplished, or take some pictures of your favorite flowers and foliage. Change your focus from 'what's wrong' to 'what's right'...you know, the 'half empty, half full' idea. Be peaceful, not stressful. Get some hints and tips on the Sticks and Stones page