There’s a good reason some 35 million people in the U.S. are gardeners. It’s exciting to see something grow from a tiny seed to blooming flowers or a mature plant which yields berries or other fruit or vegetables.
- roses (of course!)
Tomatoes are the hands-down favorite for most popular vegetable, though it can be argued it’s a fruit. That may be splitting hairs, and it is the state “vegetable” of New Jersey and state “fruit” (and vegetable) of Arkansas. Peas, beans, carrots, zucchini and leafy greens are also found in abundance in home gardens. Popular fruit includes apples, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.
Then, there are trees. Among the top 10 in the yard are red maple, red or white oak, American holly, redbud, American elm and flowering dogwood. But contemplate our national forests and the challenges that trees face from disease, wildfire, insect infestation and severe weather. The National Forest Foundation has teamed up with Bloomstoday.com with a Trees of Tribute program to not only address re-foresting projects, but also honor someone you esteem with a wonderful gift of trees. Neither of you has to plant, transport, water or nurture these trees, but you can both — giver and receiver — be warmed by knowing that 10 trees are being planted for wildlife habitat, clean air, erosion control, recreational opportunities and enhanced beauty of national forests. They could be conifers in Montana or American chestnuts in Appalachia, but they will join million of trees planted in the last eight years by the National Forest Foundation.
Thus, March 12 is the Plant a Flower Day, and you can participate by tucking little seeds in a pot in your home, in the yard if you are in a warm locale, send a beautiful plant basket or bouquet of fresh flowers from bloomstoday.com or choose Trees of Tribute to honor someone you love with a commemorative give of 10 tree plantings complete with personalized certificate. You can also send or give a packet of seeds to a friend to plant once the ground is soft and warm enough. Or you can plant more than one and share them with co-workers and friends.
Since National Plant a Flower Day falls on Sunday this year, AND we switch to Daylight Savings Time at 2 a.m. on the same day, you’ll have extra daylight to plant your flowers. Some of the easiest to grow from seed are:
- wildflower mixes
- bachelor’s buttons
- morning glory
Among the glorious plants from bloomstoday.com that live on for years and come in a keepsake, woven basket are the FTD® Deeply AdoredTM Palm Planter, classic peace lily,
a European dish garden, the FTD® White Orchid Planter and others. This provides a loved one or colleague or friend with a beneficial plant they did not have to plant and start themselves. That’s sweet.
The famed botanist Luther Burbank once said:
“Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful;
they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.”
By Joanne M. Anderson