Spring Flowers

The first greeting - spring flowers

The appearance of spring flowers heralds the o­nset of warmer weather and longer days. With winter fading, and the earth softening, nature puts forth a stunning show of color and beauty. Many spring flowers erupt from bulbs planted the preceding fall. Tulips, daffodils, hyacinth and crocus are just a few spring bulb plants. Unlike other plants, bulbs have a chilling requirement, without which they will fail to properly grow and bloom.

Dahlias are a large variety of spring flower ranging from 12 inches tall to 8 feet tall. Dahlias must be planted after all danger of frost has ceased. They need lots of room to grow, so choose an appropriate spot in your garden. Bachelor's Buttons, also called the Cornflower, are best suited to cooler temperatures, which prompts blooming. With showy blues, reds, whites and pinks, bachelor buttons reseed freely, offering you an endless display of color. Calendula, also called Pot Marigold, sports bursts of gold and orange, and will bloom when the frosts cease. Nasturtiums (tropaeolum) are brilliantly colored bushy plants with many varieties. They are easily grown from seeds. Plant them in your garden when frost is no longer a threat, and soon they’ll produce a profusion of reds, yellows and whites.

For faster results with your spring planting, start your flowers indoors in pots. As long as there is no longer a threat of frost, you can confidently transfer them to your garden in March or April. In time they’ll be full of blooms that will lend color and beauty to your landscape for months.