Spring is a wonderful and exciting season, with fresh and delightful flowers everywhere. A season boosting the spirit with new signs of life everywhere, spring is welcomed with wholehearted joy.
The first spring flowers are symbolic of new beginnings after a long winter season. These flowers usually spring from the ground that is still frozen and may even bloom before the snow melts. Such flowers welcome the spring season and are considered special. Daffodils, the narcissus with white and yellow flowers and the hyacinths with small blue-colored flowers are among the early spring flowers. Other flowers of the season include the long-lasting tulips and irises, cherry blossoms, poppies, roses, violets, forsythia, amaryllis, cyclamens, freesias, lilies, chrysanthemums, sunflowers, and asters.
Spring flowers enhance the beauty of the landscape with their different shades, shapes, and attractive colors, which vary from white to violet. Most spring flowers have a pleasant smell. Many spring flowers are grown from bulbs. These bulbs are placed in holes with the pointed ends upwards and then covered and watered. If the climate is too cold, the bulbs can be protected using mulch, which is kept over the bulbs.
Spring flowers are refreshing as they brighten one\'s day with colors and hopes. They are messengers of warmth, pleasure, love, and care. Spring flowers are well suited as gifts for anniversaries, graduations, birthdays, Mother\'s Day celebrations, Easter, and bridal events.
Spring flowers make attractive centerpieces for tables and rooms. Bridal bouquets can be prepared with them. There are a number of online florists and flower shops that provide fresh spring flowers and spring flower baskets.
Tips for growing spring flowers
Each spring we look forward to beautifying the front of our house with several flowering plants in decorative pots. This year we will have about fifteen flower pots placed near the entrance and walkway. Changing things up each year is part of the fun, however we have learned which plants work well in the shady areas and which thrive in the sunny spots. Keeping things simple has been the key to enjoying this annual ritual.
Initially we started buying terra cotta and ceramic pots several years ago thinking that they were better for some reason. Maybe it was because they were more expensive than other types. Lately though, we have purchased several plastic pots and they work just as well or better. These are cheaper and lighter making them easier to move around. And they are made to look like they are ceramic or made of stone. Some of our most beautiful and favorite pots are plastic. It is also easier to add those all important drainage holes in the bottom of plastic pots.
No matter what types of plants you choose, impatiens for shadier areas or Grecian wild flowers for full sun, the most important preparation for healthy potted plants is the soil. Most types of potting soil sold in stores is fine, however the key is that it can maintain the proper level of moisture, yet doesn\'t stay too wet. Dense, saturated soil will cause root rot and seriously reduce the amount and strength of flowers.
Soil should be loose and airy yet able to hold the roots firmly. The ideal texture should be moist yet crumbly. We have had great success actually mixing some of the soil from the back yard with potting soil. For some reason the mixture has worked well the past several years and we get to save a few bucks by using our own free soil.
In the shady areas we have had great success with New Guinea impatiens. For some reason they don\'t do well with very strong sun. We use other types of impatiens for the sunny areas. Of course, perennials do extremely well with full sun as do roses, however we don\'t particularly like the look of roses in pots. Our favorites are the Grecian Wild flowers and the hydrangeas because they are easy to care for and they flower throughout the spring and summer seasons, right up until it is time to bring in the mums.