Can you believe it's April already! I feel like I say this every time the next month rounds around, but 2015 is flying by! So as we all know, it's officially spring (whether it feels like it or not). Trees are starting to bloom, blubs are coming up and birds are chirping. It's pretty great!
Last month on our checklist we talked about planting our seeds and all the different ways and objects you can use to plant seeds in (egg cartons, toilet paper rolls, peat moss etc...). You should by now be seeing some awesome progress, here's my view...
Above: German Pink Tomatoes.
Above: Craspedia "Billy Balls"
Above: Bulbs coming up! (Tulips, Daffodils, Iris)
I have checked the weather for my area (SW Michigan) and there is still a chance to have some frost come around so I am NOT going to transplant any of my seeds just yet. Better to be extra safe than sorry. Since I am planting from seeds, if I transplant outside a little late no big deal! They are still growing no matter what. For now I am going to move my seeds into my greenhouse and wait for warmer nights!
Another thing I wanted to talk about today was "forcing blooms". It's when you take clippings (branches) of a tree or scrub and place them in water inside. You can normally start this around February with most trees. I have a HUGE forsythia scrub so that's what I have cut in the above picture. Some other examples would be azalea, beautybush, crab apple, flowering quince, magnolia, pussy willow, redbud, rhododendron, serviceberry, spirea, witch hazel, and fruit trees such as cherries, pears and apples.
All you do is find a nice straight branch, cut it at an angle and make sure it is long enough to display in your home. I like to also crush the ends of the branch where I cut, gently, to help the branches soak up as much water as needed. Check the water level every couple of days and ENJOY!
I'm Kelsey Lee, a 24 year old Michigander, business owner, and lover of all things floral. The Sodus Blossom is my floral design co. that I have started from the ground up. Please feel free to leave a comment & follow along as The Sodus Blossom blooms and grows into something wonderful!