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Get Thee to a Garden Center!

I caught my local garden center installing its summer bulb display this week.

Is the unseasonably warm weather in many areas this year making you think of spring? Well, don’t just think about it, do something about it!

Garden centers are in full spring mode right now (late February, early March). Their seed displays are up and most have their displays of summer bulb (also called tender bulbs) are installed and ready… or they’re putting them up as you read this. Dahlias, cannas, callas, gladiolus, tuberous begonias: they’re all available right now.

There are seed packets galore in most garden centers.

By buying early, you’ll get the widest choice. Plus the bulbs, especially, will be in top shape just after they arrive in the store. (They tend to degrade over time under the hot, humid conditions of the average garden center.) So bring them home while they’re still ship-shape and store them temporarily in a cool basement until its time to pot them up (mid-March to early April in most areas).

While you’re there, close your eyes for a few seconds and soak up a bit of tropical heat and humidity in the garden center’s greenhouse. It’s like a (short) trip to the Bahamas!

Garden writer and blogger, author of more than 60 gardening books, the laidback gardener, Larry Hodgson, lives and gardens in Quebec City, Canada. The Laidback Gardener blog offers more than 2,500 articles to passionate home gardeners, always with the goal of demystifying gardening and making it easier for even novice gardeners. If you have a gardening question, enter it in Search: the answer is probably already there!

2 comments on “Get Thee to a Garden Center!

  1. Good info. Lucky me I reach on your website by accident, I bookmarked it.

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