All of a sudden hellebores are everywhere I turn. Facebook. Instagram. Magazines. They’ve even recently come up in conversation with a friend. I read about them in a book more than a year ago and honestly didn’t give them a second thought. These flowers seem to be relentlessly trying to get my attention and interest, they have it now, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.
You may not have guessed this just yet, but I’m the type of person who loves having fresh flowers in the house, preferably year-round. Our garden pumps out blooms from mid-spring through the first hard frost, which is nice for decorating, but November thru March are unaccounted for. It’s during this time that I try to find seasonal items to purchase at reasonable prices (I’m not a crazy person) for an extra pick-me-up during those cold months.
I often overlook those bouquets that have a mix of blooms already, opting instead for bunches of flowers containing a single variety and then combining the different varieties together on my own. But there is absolutely nothing wrong with buying a pre-packaged bouquet. You can actually create different looks when going this route. Here are a few examples, all made from two identical bouquets I purchased. I also spent less than $20 on the two bouquets and the ranunculus (bonus!).
This next step in the garden planning phase may look different depending on your gardening goals, items you’ve placed on your wish list, and how much knowledge you have of where these plants/flowers/vegetables will take root.
If you are already familiar with the growing conditions and space in the garden is not a concern to you, the next best step is determining if you want/need plants or seeds. Some varieties may only be available in a certain form, so the decision may be an automatic one depending on what you want to grow. For example, I’ve looked at greenhouses for sweet pea plants with no success, so the only option is to grow from seed if I want them. Seeds it is!
Now that you have your gardening goal(s) defined, the next step involves finding inspiration and putting together a wish list of items you love. At this point, we’re not concerned with figuring out if these plants/flowers/vegetables are a fit for your yard just yet. Find the stuff you love.
If your gardening goal is to have hydrangeas this year, do some research on hydrangea varieties that interest you. Do you like Oakleaf, PeeGee, Annabelle, or Lacecap? Is there a specific color that you are drawn to more than others?
As you discover the plants you like, jot them down somewhere, bookmark them, pin them to a Pinterest board, print them on a physical mood board, whatever tool you like so you can reference them later. I love performing this exercise in the winter; it takes my mind off of the snow and cold weather.
If you have zero clue on where to start, give these options a go:
January is in full swing and February will be here before you know it. More snow has hit Metro Detroit this week and I’m already dreaming of spring. These cloudy, gray days will take their toll on me and I will be craving sun, blue skies, and a yard full of flowers. The middle of winter is the perfect time to find inspiration for your spring and summer gardens.
There are quite a few things to tackle on this topic, so I’ll break it up into smaller parts over a series of blog posts. The first step should be to figure out your gardening goal(s).