The Cure for the Cold? Spring in the Garden.
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Mario Mirelez in Container Gardening, Spring, Spring, hyacinth, winter containers

It seems the cold weather has broke in Indiana. Like most gardeners, I try to rest up during the winter months. Not so much this year. I spent my wintertime focused on one thing, helping move a 66 year old garden center and landscape company to a new location. Needless to say, it’s nearly Spring and I’m exhausted. One can accumulate a bunch of stuff in 66 years! When I wasn’t packing or moving, I was busy placing pre-orders for the spring season and creating winter containers for our clients. One of my favorites (below) was actually done after the holidays. The awning at Eckert & Ross Fine Art hangs over the façade of the gallery protecting the autumn containers beatifully- right through Christmas. Late December I yanked the pansies, cabbages and kales and replaced them with this arrangement of winter greenery.

I love the color pallete in this arrangement. I’ve become more confident with incorporating all sorts of materials in my designs. I always have one eye open for unique branches, pods, etc. I gather all year round and stock a small arsenal ready for any potting job. All in all, I think I worked on 30 containers for clients this winter. These were my favorites by far.

The winter season does not stop me from collecting plants- it just slows me down a bit. I’m a sucker for saturated color. I snagged several Hyacinths from a recent indoor home show. The fragrance and color were intoxicating as they filled the air with their intoxicating perfume. I volunteered to take a few after the show as they were going to be discarded (that sounds nicer than thrown away). The foliage has since been cut off and just as the “right” spot appears, they will be planted for us to enjoy next spring on our own property.

Right on cue, the witch hazel always surprises me with its February bloom. Since I’m not out everyday, I often don’t notice what’s going on with it until it is blooming. Flowers in February. It’s a good thing!

The tulip bulbs seem to be sending up their leaves, albeit cautiously. I’m full of anticipation because their yellow petals always liven things. I’m also curious about how the newest tulip bulbs will perform. I planted several more last fall along with many quart-size Mertensia virginica, Virginia Bluebells.

The days are growing longer and the grass is getting greener. A cure for the cold? Or maybe a prelude to spring fever!

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