This march Naperville residents have traded in their snow blowers for lawn mowers and that means an early jump for gardeners in the area.
With temperatures reaching the high 80’s, March set all kinds of records this year and now our gardens think we skipped spring and went straight to summer. Master Gardener Alumnus, Nancy Carroll would have preferred that the heat held off so her spring bloom could have taken full effect.
“The soil warms up so it signals to those flowers ‘let’s get going,’ so your daffodils typically in our Illinois Chicago area bloom at the end of March and they are going into April, well they started blooming two weeks ago, so a lot of mine are already done blooming, said Carroll.”
Carroll says it’s a little early to see the tulips and lilies bloom and gardeners should be weary of a frost to come before the summer months.
“Don’t give away all those Barney sheets that you were tired of when your kids were little,” said Carroll. “Stack them up in your garage because there is always going to be a time when it’s going to get cold and then you can pop it over something it will just give it a little protection at night.”
A problem that will always persist in the garden is the evil bunny rabbit that likes to eat the tulips, but Carroll has a little trick for keeping them at bay.
“People always say to me ‘what did you do? You don’t have any bunnies?’ I have a lot of bunnies there’s a lot of bunnies that live in our neighborhood they just aren’t interested in the daffodils and at the Morton Arboretum you can go in and see all of the beautiful daffodils, they’ll come back every year and you’ll see the deer and the rabbits aren’t eating them, so they’re a great thing to plant around your tulips, said Carroll.”
If you are looking for that Spring scent, the route Carroll encourages is hyacinths.
“That is just a favorite of mine. Just smells wonderful and you can put that in a bouquet, put it on a table put it in a bathroom, you put it next to your bed and it really brings in the spring from outside to inside,” said Carroll.
You can swing by Carroll’s garden anytime from February through November and find something blooming.
“The wonderful garden is like a symphony you need to have something blooming all the time so that’s the part you need to educate your self with,” said Carroll.
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