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You have probably already noticed snow drops, crocuses and tulips starting to pop their little heads up this past week as you walk along the street and you are probably very eager to get started on your planters and urns. Keep in mind that it needs to be above 5 degrees Celsius overnight for your plants to survive.

With working in the garden centre I have been just as eager to get started as anyone, and have held myself back until this weekend to bring anything home. At the moment you are safe with pansies, primulars, and all the bulb stock which includes hyacinth, tulips, crocuses, mascara, daffodils, and grape hyacinth, and of course pussy willow, forsythia or blossom branches to finish it off. As it gets closer to Easter especially because it is later this year, you will probably be able to put in hydrangea. Watch the temperatures at night, and if you hear a frost warning, either bring them into your garage, or cover them up with a flannelette sheet for the night.

You may already have a container that you use.  If not, decide what sort of look you like for your style of home, whether it is something tall and modern, cast iron urns, wooden window boxes or a galvanized steel tub. Whatever you use make sure it has drainage holes in them so your plants don’t become water logged.

Keep in mind how it will be viewed. If you have it up against a wall, place taller plants at the back. If it is viewed all around, place them in the middle. Remember that tulips, hyacinth and daffodils grow tall, so try to get the miniature daffodils if this is not going to be your focal point. This way you will have plants growing at different heights to add some structure. Primula won’t grow tall but will spread out slightly and the pussy willow will give extra height. By adding ivy this will give you a nice trailing look, which can be left in to use for your summer urn. And of course, there are your pansies, which come in so many different color combinations, and will usually last well into the middle of summer.

You can add moss to keep in the moisture. Give it a good watering once it is all potted, and then checking it once a week or more if it warms up by digging your fingers right into the soil to check for dryness.

Once the blooms are past their prime you can always pop them out and replace them with new ones; just remember the height of the one you took out. Don’t discard them afterwards. Once you have taken them out of the display let the foliage die back and plant them in well-drained soil with a minimum of half a day sun. Most bulbs are good candidates for re-cycling, but there is a chance that they just might not bloom again, or it could be a couple of years before they rebloom again.

Here are a couple of ideas for different pots and looks:

Please contact me with any question about your garden.

Nicola Bishop

bishop4086@rogers.com

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Even though I grew up in a Catholic household and had to endure all the religious ceremonies around Easter, the only symbol of this event that stuck with me was the Easter Bunny.  It wasn’t the excitement of searching for chocolate eggs (although Chocolate is my poison!), but finding toys hidden around the house. A friend, once said I  was a spoiled child because of this, but I don’t think I was because these were toys I was going to get anyway; you know like a bike, skipping rope, bouncie balls and sometimes new clothes. My parents were smart!  I was taught to appreciate what I received because they were specially delivered by the Easter Bunny!!!

So you can already guess that the Easter Bunny is very similar to Santa Claus at Christmas.  Apparently it’s origin dates back to the 1600’s where it was first mentioned in Georg Franck von Frankenau’s De ovis paschalibus (About the Easter Egg), which referred to an Alsacian tradition of a hare bringing Easter Eggs.

The first edible Easter Bunnies were made out of pastry and sugar, during the 1800’s in Germany. But the tradition continued in America with the settlement of the Pennsylvania Dutch during the 1700’s. Apparently, children would build brightly coloured nests out of caps and bonnets, and hide them in their homes for the “Osterhase”, who would lay coloured eggs in them.  But that was only if the children were well behaved!

Here are some bunny items I found laying around:

Maileg Bunnies from Tartooful

Felted Bunny warmer from Hut Up, Berlin, via Notcot.

HaRe Bunny with “Busy Bunny” buttons via Notcot.

Our sleepy bunny

Vintage Easter cards, circa 1907.

Patty’s Bunny Cabinet!

If you’re lucky enough to be in the Beach in Toronto this weekend, do make a point of going to the Lion’s Club Easter Parade!  See the Toronto Star for details.

Happy Easter!!

Cheers!

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