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Forsythia - a sign of spring

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Forsythia - a sign of spring

Spring is officially here but we are still looking for the signs of spring.

Before long, however, we at the Kemper Center for Home Gardening will be seeing one of our leading performers, a small hedge of Forsythia ‘Courtasol’ GOLD TIDE dwarf forsythia growing along the path of the Kemper Ground Cover Border, pop into bloom.

Forsythia is one of those early spring flowering shrubs that seems like it has been around forever. It’s another one of those deciduous flowering shrubs that thru hybridization has produced many new cultivars that will ensure its landscape use for a long time.

Another early performer that is hard to ignore is the Korean rhododendron, Rhododendron mucronulatum ‘Deep Pink’ in the Rhododendron Garden near the tram station.

These are just a few of the early signs of spring. As we walk thru out own yards and around the different gardens here at the Kemper Center, we are starting to see the signs of spring everywhere.

So now is the time to enjoy it yourself. Visit us often to see the seemingly never ending evolving of new life coming out of the earth and on the plants around you. While you are here, ask your questions at the Plant Doctor Desk (Monday-Saturday 10-3) or just come in to share some of your own gardening experiences.

Signs of spring are also at your local garden center where you’ll see flats of Viola x wittrockiana (pansies) just waiting for a home. You can plant them now and enjoy them throughout the cool weather of spring.

Finally, during this first week of spring, it’s a good time to plant those early season vegetables if your garden soil conditions aren’t too wet.  Our Kemper Factsheet on Growing Vegetables will give you more details. Some of the easiest to grow are the leafy vegetables such as lettuce and spinach.

You can also start to plan on planting the cole crops such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage when we get past this cold snap. You’ll find starter plants of those at your favorite garden center as well.

So enjoy the first week of spring-there’s more to come!

| Categories: Spring | Tags: forsythia, hedge, forsythia 'courtasol' gold tide, Kemper Ground Cover Border, rhododendron, rhododendron mucronulatum 'Deep Pink', pansies, viola x wittrockiana, vegetables | View Count: (3632) | Return
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