This episode of Plain Gardening took place on a drizzly, cold, gray, windy, wintry day. So naturally, Bill Finch with Mobile Botanical Gardens wanted to talk about…SPRING.
Bill says for our part of the world spring is already here, despite the chill. The way we know is by the trees; in this case, the Taiwan Cherry trees. When they break out—usually during Mardi Gras—you know that spring is here. While some people mistakenly call them redbuds (probably because of the abundance of red buds) they’re not.
Taiwan Cherries actually do produce cherries, but you probably wouldn’t want to eat them. These are primarily ornamental trees that do wonderfully well in our climate.
Other signs of Gulf Coast spring are bulbs breaking the surface. Your garden will start to break out in green soon, so you’ve got work to do! If you love to raise vegetables, Bill has a Vegetable Gardening Class coming up on February 22nd at Mobile Botanical Gardens.
Gardening seasons here are different from Boston and—for that matter—different from the calendar. Spring begins now! Find out more at mobilebotanicalgardens.org.