The Real First Signs of Spring
Most of us can barely wait for the first signs of spring. Crocus, snowdrops, dainty violas, pansies—all are welcome signs. But for me, the first real sign (!!) — and the most exciting part of early spring — was putting together the hanging baskets for our front porch. For many years we had good sized hanging baskets on our front porch. Then came the day we remodeled our porch, and since hanging baskets dripped water, we decided not to use them anymore. But what a hard decision!! As you can see, they add so much to a front porch!
This basket was planted very early in the spring—as soon as these plants became available. We had four hanging baskets and planted them all the same most of the time. When it became too hot, these baskets had to be replanted. But — it satisfied my need for color and flowers early in the spring. Isn’t this next basket just beautiful? While it couldn’t be planted quite as early as the first basket, it was planted the minute these beautiful flowers were in stock. And so worth the wait. The following basket was also planted as early as possible; this photo shows it when it was mature; so pretty.
Final thought: I love the look of beautiful hanging baskets. They add a softening, almost cottage-y look to all but the most formal of homes. Sometimes it may not be possible to add these beauties, but if you can, it is so worth it!