How can you temporarily alleviate a case of spring fever if you’re tired of cloudy days, winter storms, and disgusted with Vladimir Putin?
When world events make you blue.
In fact, I wish I could meet Ukrainian refugees with a bouquet of flowers and take them home with me.
I also continue to pray. I pray every time I think about what I cannot control. It helps me bear life’s burden when it feels too heavy.
We all have our ways of coping with current events, and spring fever is definitely a current event.
Another healthy way to cope?
Go to your local nursery and buy something that’s alive.
I bought a variegated plectranthus, Plectranthus coleoides ‘Variegata,’ in a hanging basket because the leaves smell delicious, especially in the warm greenhouse. It makes seed sowing a pleasure. I didn’t like the plastic pot it was in so I replanted it in a coir and metal hanger. I took any cuttings I broke off and put them in potting soil. I’ll use them in the pots in front of my house once the weather is warm.
I also bought this purple and white dianthus in a four-inch pot and then repotted it in an antique container I bought years ago. I love dianthus because they smell like carnations. In the best way, they remind me of high school dances and wrist corsages, and I have always liked to dance.
Scent is tied to memory. Think about that the next time you plant a rose or heliotrope in your garden.
New coir planters and grit.
I got the coir planters shown below with clear tops to sow some seed. I sowed a few tomato and pepper seeds today. Potting soil and chicken grit for the top of the pots came home with me too. I buy my chicken grit from Tractor Supply. It’s pink!
I bought Dr. Earth Bud and Bloom fertilizer to use on my pelargoniums. I should have looked at the ingredients because today when I went back inside the greenhouse, the entire space stunk of poop. I covered the fertilizer with grit. I hope it tones down the natural and organic smell.
As I wrote above, when you can’t control the weather or world politics, do something else like go to the plant store. It does a body good.
A new episode each week.
If you’re having spring fever, you can also listen to our garden podcast, the Gardenangelists. We’d love to visit with you over the garden gate. A new episode drops each Wednesday.