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Flower of the Month: Pasque Flower

Flower-of-the-Day-Pasque-Flower

Pasque flower, or Pulsatilla vulgaris is a member of the Ranunculaceae family. Ranunculus (my favourite spring flower) is also a member of this family. You can find more information on the Ranunculus flower here.

Pulsatilla vulgaris is a herbaceous perennial flower, that dies back every winter and regrows new stems in the spring.

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Flower of the Month: Ranunculus

Flower of the Month Ranunculus

Spring is my favourite season. I love watching nature awaken from a deep slumber, like a bear out of hibernation.

For me, spring feels like a rebirth. Northern gardeners like myself have had to sit and wait, patiently, and daydream about a garden covered in snow. A garden that was once flourishing, but is now only an outline.

Flower of the Month

Flower of the Month

When winter turns to spring, and the days become longer, I begin to feel renewed and energized. I can feel a difference in the air, as cold wind becomes warm and the ground softens under my feet.

I feel excited and motivated to get back in the garden and start planting. If you’ve started your seedlings and they are ready for transplanting into larger containers, please see my post “15 Steps to Successfully Transplant your Seedlings“.

The swelling buds on trees, the green of newly emerging spring flowers, the fresh smell in the air, it truly is an exciting and hopeful time of year.

In honour of spring, I would like to talk about my favourite spring flower!

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Flower of the Day: Agapanthus

Agapanthus

Last summer, while travelling through France, I was surprised and delighted to come across an unusual flower.

I had never seen one like this in my climate zone and needed to find out what it was!

It’s funnel shaped delicate flowers looked like a fireworks display atop a tough central stem.

Once I figured out what this flower was, I quickly understood that it’s not hardy in my zone 5a garden.

Fortunately, all hope was not lost when I learned how to grow them in a cooler climate.

If you follow these techniques, you should have no problem growing them in your garden.

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