I am lucky to have a grocery store with a nice, but limited nursery section. Not being able to go out these days, it was an opportunity to check out plants without feeling guilty. After looking around outside, I decided to check out the greenhouse just to see what they might have at this early time of spring. We’d been having some 20 degree nights, so they had moved a lot of their plants into the greenhouse just to keep them alive. Inside contained mostly Boston ferns and only a few varieties of annuals. But these sweet Nemesia annual flowers caught my eye and I couldn’t resist grabbing a couple market packs.
Once I brought them home, I wasn’t exactly sure what to do with them. We’ve had a cold and unpredictable April thus far, and it will be mid-May before our last potential frost date. Since it is too cold to plant annuals outside, and they were root bound in the market packs, I decided to plant them up in larger 3-inch pots. This would give them time to get more established and grow larger root systems before planting out in May.
Nemesia is an annual flower I’d never seen before and they quickly won over my heart. In these trying times of confinement, it doesn’t take much to convince myself that I need a little “perker upper”.
But then came the hard part . . . pinching back the plants by cutting off all the flowers. Even though you know it is best and will help the plant establish more easily, become larger and stronger, it is still painful to do. So I try not to think about it for too long, and make quick work of it.
What was left is a pile of sweet, colorful tiny flower stems.
Not willing to waste anything, I gathered up the little stems and made a tiny bouquet, so small it could set on the windowsill.
Who could resist such sweetness? Not me.
I’m longing and looking forward to consistently warmer days and nights. By then, these established bushier plants, full of flowers, will be ready to live and bloom in the garden. Until then, I will carry the tray of pots out on warm days, and back in on cold nights.
Linking with Cathy from Rambling in the Garden who hosts the party meme “In A Vase On Monday”. Be sure to stop over and check out some of the lovely floral arrangements from around the world.