Ah March! It's a time when gardeners say "Spring is sprung, the grass is riz, I wonder where the lawn mower is." OK, so that's a twist on an old saying, but in Victoria you may need your lawn mower in March. Victorians can also change another old saying, "March winds bring April showers which bring May flowers", as we don't have to wait until May. My garden has had flowers all winter (geraniums, pansies, polyanthus), my spring bulbs are coming up, my camellia has large buds and I even had a non-stop begonia get confused by the warm winter and pop up out of the ground last month. Soon my garden will be a riot of colour.
Spring officially arrives on March 20th along with Victoria's pink snow from flowering trees. And the extra light you'll need to work in your garden in the evenings will arrive with day light savings time on the first Sunday in April, which this year is April 1st or April Fools Day (I wonder if there's a message there). While you're waiting for these two occurrences, you can browse the web for gardening ideas and advice, and if you want, even order plants, bulbs and seeds delivered to your door. However, if you order live plants, make sure the company you're ordering from guarantees that the plants will not only arrive in good condition, but also thrive throughout the summer.
When you come in from your garden at the end of the day, tired and perhaps discouraged by how little you've accomplished and how much you still have to do, maybe a little gardening humour will brighten your day. Reading the quotes on the Jokes, Puns, Riddles, One-Liners and Humor for Gardeners and Farmers www.gardendigest.com/humor.htm may be just the thing to give you that renewed energy to tackle the garden again another day.
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