In Like A Lion

Dated: April 9 2021

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In Like a Lion...Out Like a Lamb. Right?

Well, we have arrived! Dust off your pruning shears and get a shiny new set of gardening gloves, (I prefer goat skins) because spring is here! 

March and April in the Mid-Atlantic are all about the hunt! Excuse me...hunt?! That’s right! I have a little ritual, each and every morning I put on my boat shoes (you know the ones) grab my coffee, and step outside my front door, and am amazed at what has changed at ground level. I walk out into my garden beds and look closely, peeking under those dried leaves and crusty mulch, and you will be surprised at the amount of green hiding there. Crocuses, daffodils, irises, and tulips — they are all there, waking up and looking for the sun!

Design tip: Crocuses look fabulous planted under deciduous trees and bushes, bringing a shot of color to these blank spots in the garden each spring. By the time your larger trees and shrubs develop leaves, the crocuses will have received enough energy to prepare for next year and will softly retreat as quickly as they shot up. They are very quick to come and go but they are one of my favorites. Learn how to plant and care for your crocuses here!

Design tip: Bleeding heart is one of those plants that always shocks me in spring. The space in the garden has been bare for months, then a shocking fuchsia mohawk peeks up to say, "Hello world” as it starts its annual tour. Give it a month, and that translucent pink will fade to green as the plant grows.

The bleeding heart vanishes into the ground immediately after blooming. Plant it near big, bushy plants — such as peonies — that will fill out the blank space later in spring and summer. If you want to know more about how to plant and care for bleeding heart plants, check this out!

You might mistake a peony bud for a bleeding heart when you first see it. Those buds are reddish pink at first. Look closely, though, and you'll notice that those peony buds come to a point instead of having that frilly rock star hair.

Design tip: Plant peonies where you will be able to enjoy the flowers and the scent. Old-fashioned varietals of this flower rival any rose in my humble opinion. What type of peony is right for you? Discover the different varietals here!

While hunting for tiny plants, make sure you don't step on flower beds. The ground is soggy and wet, and those baby plants are easily damaged. Hunt from the edges of the beds and hold off on heavy-duty gardening until later in spring. Those little babies are still young and need the warmth of the leaf litter until the threat of the frost is gone, the lamb, the lion, the whole thing. 

While hunting for new growth, don't forget to look for seeds. Many plants still have seedpods hanging on for dear life, and you can often harvest seeds to plant immediately. I have many hearty hibiscus saplings that I have grown from such pods. DM me to adopt one. :)

Whether you are hunting for new growth, scouting for seeds, or getting started on the planting season a bit early, March and April are a time for hope. Winter is fading away, and the promise of spring is evident everywhere you look — as long as you get low to the ground and look hard enough. Happy hunting! For more information on how to supercharge the value of your home come to visit us at Welcome Home Realty Group!

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Meg Gaulding

Meg Gaulding has been a resident of Frederick county since 2006. She is an alumna of Hood College and fell in love with the area. After a few years of working, she decided to go back to school and rec....

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