Larkspurs do best in cool weather and can be sown as soon as the soil can be worked. In fact, I learned from past experience that if you plant larkspur seeds too late in the spring, they won't bloom until the following year. Larkspurs are easy to grow from seed, and, though they're listed as an annual flower, they reseed readily here, which makes them seem more like a perennial.
Along one side of our deck is a built-in planter. This is where I transplanted my perennials from the community garden last fall, and it's where I plan to add more flowers this spring. It's the catch-all flower garden for now, until I dig in new borders around the house.
In went the larkspur seeds, and I topped everything off with the clippings from our Christmas wreath. The pine boughs are there partly for recycling, partly to add a little green to all that brown, and, also, to provide some protection for the plants in case we get walloped with a snowstorm yet this winter. Some of our biggest snowstorms in the past have come around President's Day. I wonder what's in store for this year? We were up to around 70 degrees here today, so who knows. I've marked Washington's birthday - February 22 - as the day to sow peas, regardless.
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