Before the bloom

Gardening is hard. And creating the perfect garden, one that is constantly vibrant and colorful, is no less than an art form.

Flowers are tricky little things, as each blossoms from its bud during different times of the year, and they each last for a specific amount of time. Timing your buds in a way that will leave your garden alive and rich in color is an extremely difficult task.

In fact, the bloom and lifespan of each flower widely varies, in effect making the task of achieving the perfect constant garden near impossible. Some buds bloom almost year round, slowly taking their time with each blossom. Others, however, are known to bloom one night a year, and quickly die down until the following year. This phenomenon is known as night-blooming, and is most common among white and paler flowers.

So how exactly can you plan your gardening in order to enjoy a year-round blossom? Here is a short list of common flowers’ transition from bud to flower according to the season of blossom.

Spring
As the weather starts to warm up and the sun begins to shine through those winter clouds, flower blossom is at its peak. This is the time of growth and renewal for all plant life in general, and flowers in particular. The notable springtime bloomers include Tulips, Dahlias, Orchids, Roses and various types of Lilies.

Summer
The sun is shining, birds are chirping and the ice-cream truck is driving the neighborhood kids crazy. Summer is here! And besides being the season for beaches, BBQ’s and a childhood crush on the local lifeguard, summer also happens to be a great floral season. Lilies, Dahlias, Iris’ and Carnations top the list of buds looking for some summer blossom.

Autumn
Wake me up when September ends. Summer fun is coming to an end and the season of harvest is among us. Besides the beautiful leaves that change color and gracefully fall off their trees, making the ground their personal canvas, there are also plenty of great blossomin’ buds to help add color in the background. These flowers include Orchids, Daisies, lilies, Sunflowers, and Roses.

Winter
Winter is a tricky season. Personally, I’m not sure if I prefer a whole season without flowers, but with a white and snowy winter wonderland; or if I’ll forget about the snow and stick with by colorful blossom. If you’re lucky enough to enjoy a winter blossom, you can expect to see Orchids, Roses, Narcissus’ and Carnations.

Now, you are ready to get your gardening on! Good luck with those buds…

 

 

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