🌱Happy March, gardening friends! 🌱 We have enjoyed three straight melting days here in Minnesota, complete with sunshine. Large piles of snow still cover the ground, but it’s quickly surrendering to the returning Sun. I can feel the shift toward Spring, and the loosening of Winter’s grip on our gardens. I am grateful to share a personal success: I’ve made it to March without catching the seasonal depression bug this year. This is a huge accomplishment for me personally as February has historically been a 28-day internal battle for me here, despite the sunshine. I worked hard at getting outdoors as often as I could, and I know that helped. What else really helped was this global community and our mutual sharing of gardens for each other’s enjoyment and education. I find this community the single most supportive and positive online community I’ve ever come across, and truly feel blessed to be sharing our gardening passion with you - and vice versa. I have learned so much, and made several friends here. Thank you all for sharing your expertise, curiosity, appreciation, and love of gardening with me. .
In other news, this is what I need to get my head around: our flower garden! I am branching out this year and growing 5 new-to-me annuals, three of which *should be* deer resistant. My goal is a small cut flower garden along our long driveway and interspersed among our newly planted front conifer screen. If all goes well, this will expand in the coming years. I’m trying borage under our espalier trees. Who grows strawflower, gomphrena, larkspur, and dahlias? Those new varieties - all of which will be planted outside our deer fence along with cosmos and zinnia - except for the dahlias, I have chosen for equal parts beauty and functionality. Deer pressure is extremely high here, and my determination to grow things they won’t be attracted to only strengthens with time. So, time to get organized. I think some of these need a good 6-8 weeks indoors before transplanting out; plan to transplant the third week in May, sooner if Spring arrives early. #seedtofork #gratitude #plantlove #flowergarden #cutflowers #gardenplanning #growyourown