March 2020 – Hoophouse Flower Update

If I’m being completely honest, February was rough. If you’ve been following along, you already know that we had a major issue with white mold in the hoophouse. As a result, I ended up losing all of my stocks AND the entire row of sweet peas. Now that I feel like things are back under my control, I thought it would be an ideal time to take a look around and see what’s growing. 

The daffodils are up and starting to send up flowers. Our winter was really warm this year, so it was a little weird to see that many of the spring bulbs were actually delayed in beginning to sprout, rather than showing up early. I’m especially excited to see some of the new double pastel daffodils that I planted last year.

March also marked the beginning of the bloom season for the anemone coronaria in the yard. This blue one, I think it’s Mr. Fokker, was the very first one to open its petals. Hopefully, there will be many more blooms to follow!

The ‘Zeolights’ calendula have also joined the “what’s in bloom” party this week! How exciting! Admittedly, the stems for these calendula never seem like they’re long enough – but I love the orange-bronze color of these. Perhaps I’ll use the flower petals dried in one of my handmade soaps!

Look at those tulips! I was really starting to worry about the tulips last month when they hadn’t emerged. I was sure that sometime may have happened. I really need to stop being so pessimistic about the garden!

Remember the foxgloves? Don’t worry, I didn’t think that you would. I planted these foxgloves last April. At the time, they were tiny. Some of them produced small flowers, but nothing to take photos of. They’re really put on A LOT of growth for bloom this season. I think it’s going to be really interesting to see how tall the flower spikes will be.

Last, but certainly not least, are the peonies. I bought these peonies from the bargain bin back in December and threw them into the ground on Christmas Eve. It looks as if every one of the roots made it through the winter and are starting to grow. Peonies have always been one of my favorite plants. It’s going to be really nice to have more of them in the garden. That’s it for now. Thank you so much for reading!

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