The Greenhouse At Morgan Lane Blog


In the flower beds.
March 2, 2011, 6:45 pm
Filed under: Flower bulbs, Perennials, Weather in Tennessee

Depending on exposure, daffodils are either just up, or blooming gloriously.

No matter where they are planted, their faces turn to the South.

Sometimes, you can find leftover daffodil bulbs sitting in the clearance section of garden shops and discount stores. If the bulbs are still firm, it is possible to plant them and still get some springtime blooms.

If you find, or have, leftover tulip bulbs, they need to be exposed to cold, either in a cold garage, or the refrigerator, prior to planting.

When you walk through your garden and view the clumps of flowering bulbs, mark any clumps that need to be divided after blooming. A small stick or piece of old tableware, like a knife or fork, looks decorative, and reminds you where to lift and divide clumps of bulbs after blooming.

Pansies and snapdragons will benefit from fertilizing with a light feeding of liquid fertilizer, such as fish fertilizer every couple weeks.

Violet flowers and snapdragon blooms can be picked and added to fruit salads, or spring dinner salads for bursts of colors. Make sure that they have not been touched by inorganic chemical lawn and garden fertilizers.  Pansies are in the violet family, but the big hybrid flowers are more beautiful in the garden than tasty in your meals.

If you didn’t get a sprinkling of hardy annual seeds spread out last autumn, it is not too late to do it this month. Seeds like calendula, cleome (spider plants), and bachelor buttons will be fine sprinkled in to a flower bed now, and will produce a floral display later in the spring and summer.