Unusually warm temperatures are teasing gardeners, but snow and slush keep returning. Still, hints of spring are all around!
What to See
- From tiny brown tips on lilacs to the fuzzy buds on magnolias, spring-blooming shrubs and trees have already set buds.
- Some plants actually bloom in winter. Lenten rose (Helleborus orientalis) is famous for its late-winter flowers. Witch hazel (Hamamelis sp.) unfurls firecracker-like tendrils in late winter.
- Some shrubs may be hanging on to berries, but only if the birds haven’t found them first. Viburnum and winterberry (Ilex verticillata) are sure-fire bets for luring avian visitors.
- Scout your garden for early signs of spring bulbs. Daffodil leaves are already emerging. Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) bloom even before crocus, sometimes pushing up through the snow.
What to Do
- Plan this year’s garden. Contact us at (317) 356-8808 to design a new garden this year!
- Call us to schedule having your fruit trees pruned. Trees should be pruned in February or March, while they’re still dormant.
- Start seeds of cool-season vegetables indoors to give broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower a head start.
- Sharpen and oil tools to make sure they (and you!) are ready for spring.