Besides temperatures starting to rise and days getting longer, another hint that spring is around the corner is the slight smell of snow mould in the air. I had an ambitious plan to start a mini garden where Elle can learn responsibility and taking care of flowers. As I congratulated and thought to myself, “Wow, I’m a top-notch dad, [then I gave myself a high-five] I am even congratulating myself on coming up with such an amazing idea.” But then, reality kicked in, how do I even start a garden? Do I even know how to take care of a plant? Evidence shows, no, I do not. These IKEA plants are beginning to wilt. Wait, aren’t these artificial?
Then I thought to myself, “Time to step my game up, dad. It’s for the kid, anyway.” And then, I turned on the monitor and started scouring the net for information on perennials – how to grow em’ and, more importantly, how to make them not die.
What attracted me to perennials, in general, is that they grow year over year. Taking out a scratch pad, I started writing down a few of the popular breeds, including the Annabelle Hydrangeas, Bleeding Heart, Columbine, Allium and Milkweed. Then stumbling through some greenhouse sites, I found some more, including the Lupines, Lilies, Monarda Bee Balm and Bearded Irises.
What the heck is Zone 3?
Five minutes ago, I though Zone 3 was in regards to city election districts. But no, the zone system is a way to classify a climate condition. Edmonton is within Zone 3. Plants that will thrive in this climate are perennials that are Zones 1, 2 or 3.
Hide that where the Sun Don’t Shine
Next, I wanted to break down which plants thrive in the sun or the shade. Recently moving into an apartment facing north, I find the balcony (the future home of our mini garden) gets limited sun exposure, so Elle may have to choose amongst shade-thriving perennials.
Now we have to just find a greenhouse in South Edmonton to learn more information and buy plants in preparation for springtime.