The vernal equinox is almost at our doorstep. We’re leaving winter behind and basking in the gentle warmth that makes this time of year so special. Let’s celebrate the prelude to spring by digging into Plant a Flower Day on March 12.
It’s a holiday without a solid backstory, but no one minds. With over 400 thousand species of flowers available, our choices for commemorating the date are beautifully bookended between perennials and annuals.
Are you dazzled by colorful perennials? Let brilliant red hibiscus motivate your green thumb. Do sweet-smelling annuals inspire your inner gardener? Fulfill your passion for fragrance by planting morning glories.
If you’re new to the joys of gardening, sow something simple on Plant a Flower Day. Daffodils and daylilies are very forgiving. If you’re not ready to break new ground, leave the yard alone. Instead, plant impatiens, geraniums and begonias in a potted flower garden.
This holiday thrives indoors too. African violets, geraniums and jasmine turn a windowsill into a showcase of color and fragrance. Use that sunny window to engage a child’s fascination with nature. Share the fun of planting seeds and watching them grow from sprouts into beautiful blossoms.
Celebrating Plant a Flower Day does more than brighten yards and put smiles on our faces. It helps sustain the ecosystem that sustains creatures small and very small. Birds, bees, butterflies, ladybugs and countless other tiny pollinators are grateful for your work today.
Planting a flower is a simple way to commemorate our deep appreciation for the wonders this planet still bestows on us. We owe it so much more, but the garden is a good place to start.