Not only do I love arranging flowers, I love growing them! Over the past several years (before I was married, living with my parents) I would watch my mom grow all sorts of different flowers. Both of my grandmothers had huge green thumbs. Both were on the Floral Committee's at their churches and my grandma Lee was in a garden club for years (which can I just say sounds awesome! This is what the Garden Club in my head looks like...)
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ANYWAYS even in January there is things to do for the upcoming spring garden. I have a checklist hanging by my flower pots & seeds to keep me on track. It's much too early to start planting seeds but developing a plan for what, how much, & where is very much a necessity!
This is almost my favorite part! I love planning out what flowers I want to plant, where I want to plant them, & how many!
This fall I planted daffodils & tulips (and loads of them). These flowers are GREAT for beginners because #1 they are so easy and #2 they multiply every year! I also planted Irises, Lilys, Allium, & Anemone.
For those of you who are just jumping on the flower garden band wagon and didn't plant any bulbs this fall, all is not lost. You can plant certain bulbs in the spring and they will just bloom in the fall (no big deal). I will talk more about this in the May Checklist.
I have several notebooks containing cut outs of flowers from magazines and doodles of flowers, I just can't get enough. For those crafty ladies out there that are wanting to get into gardening, make a fun notebook that gets you excited about gardening, be a kid again and cut out pictures and make a collage or an inspiration board (like a real life pinterest) because once late February, early March comes--the work comes and it is easy to lose sight of your future garden and how beautiful it will be!
I like to also purchase my seeds for my annuals now so that when the time comes to plant them inside, I'll be ready! Normally when buying annual seeds I wouldn't bother getting expensive seeds (burped or ferry-morse will work just fine), but for those of you interested in planting vegetable seeds- Johnny Seeds are the way to go for your little at home garden!
The main tip is to only plant what you think you can handle, nobody wants to see you massacre any flowers here. Start small and get bigger each year and if you plant tulips & daffodils it literally will get bigger each year!
Good luck to all you current & future green thumbs!
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!