I love the spring time! It's still a little chilly out, and we are still getting snow here. However, even though summer is trying to find it's way to town we can still plant some pansies. Pansies love the colder weather and even love the snow...a little. I got me some pretty purple pansies about a month ago and have enjoyed watching them grow in this cold spring weather.
The word pansy is such a weird name. I actually love it when someone calls me a "Pansy" in a derogatory way. I am always like, "You want to call me a Pansy? Well thank you for thinking of me as a cute little flower!" That's how I look at. Before I got into gardening I got me some pansies toward the middle of the summer. They weren't the best looking pansies, but I thought with some extra help and green thumb caring I would bring these pansies back to life. That was not the case. They struggled, looked sad, and pretty much went to flower heaven. I later came to find out that I hadn't done anything wrong in my taking care of my little pansies. Pansies just don't like the heat, so they gave up their battle to live last summer. That's the joy of annuals. Ha! Now I know that pretty little pansies like the colder air, and it gives me something to enjoy until the hotter weather makes an appearance.
If it's still cold in your neck of the woods go out to your local nursery and buy yourself some Pansies - they will brighten up your cold spring day, and keep your garden looking pretty until the hot summer months come about.
~ Happy Gardening ~
April 21, 2011
April 14, 2011
I recently have been volunteering my time to teaching Beginning Gardening Classes to people in Iron County. The classes had about 25-30 students in attendance. Out of six classes being taught I taught three of them. I did a class on Starting Seeds vs. Buying Seeds, another on Vegetable Gardening, and my last class was on Ways to Water and Irrigate. I had to do a lot of studying on each subject - because I'm a beginner myself. However, I felt that I had studied enough and was well prepared that I ended up being confident enough to teach. I enjoyed teaching these classes, and as an added bonus I even learned a lot about gardening myself. I am not an expert at gardening, but I'm making my way to having a very bright green thumb.
~ Happy Gardening ~