Ahh, spring has finally arrived in Chicago! I took three (2) hour walks last weekend and the planters are full of my favorite flowers- hydrangeas, ferns, violas, forget-me-nots, larkspur, sweet peas, moss, tulips, ranunculus, sedums, pansies, primroses, bluebells, and nemesia. Some containers are a riot of lavender purple, magenta and bubble gum pink and buttercup yellow color. Some are simply shades of tonal cobalt blues. And, some are an elegant quiet white with a whisper of green.
My grandma always told me to wait until Mother’s Day to plant my annuals and thus it became a tradition in the Brunstrum family! For six+ years, when we had a generous patio and yard, I planted over 40 containers of flowers with Kelsey and Matt. Everyone got dirty, we often had a “hose war” and of course, I re-arranged the flowers to make sure that scale, proportion, texture and color were just right in each container. My go-to containers? Weathered metal horse troughs, water buckets and wash tubs of all sizes that I found at antique fairs and vintage markets. With holes drilled in the bottom for drainage, they were perfect year after year and could even be left outside over the winter.
I miss those days of gardening. If you need help planting your containers, email me. We can social distance and still plant. I love having my hands in the dirt and watching the flowers bloom!