Get some dirt under your manicure on March 12. It’s National Plant a Flower Day, a time to breathe a little life into the end of winter and prepare for the warmer days to come. Flowers bring color to the world and attract beneficial wildlife like hummingbirds, bees and butterflies to your yard. If you don’t have a green thumb, you can still ring in this hidden holiday with some beautiful blooms. Here’s how:
Think Small: Gardening Ideas When You Don’t Have a Yard If you don’t want to throw on a sun hat and head outdoors or you don’t have a garden, you can force flowering bulbs to bloom indoors. Arrange pretty paper-white or crocus bulbs on top of a layer of stones in a shallow bowl. Fill the bowl with water until it touches the bottom of the bulbs. Set in a sunny location until the bulbs sprout, and then move the centerpiece to any location within your home for an instant spring vibe.
Go Wild: The Easy Way to Plant a Flower Maybe you do have space for flowers in your yard, but you just don’t have time to figure out the difference between an annual and a perennial. Put on sun protective clothing and your sunhat, and grab a rake. Lightly till the soil in a garden area, removing any weeds. Sprinkle a mix of wildflowers onto the dirt, and water it regularly. You’ll create your own slice of paradise with a vibrant, untamed corner that’s filled with color.
Respect the Rays: Wear Sun Protective Clothing Even though your idea of gardening may not involve spending a whole afternoon kneeling in front of a flower bed, it’s a good idea to stay shaded any time you’re out in the sun. Sun hats are a great way to keep the crow’s feet from forming, and sun protective clothing will help your skin stay as fresh as a daisy, shielding it from the sun’s harmful rays.
Once you’ve planted your flowers, put your feet up. You may even want to touch up that manicure. In just a few weeks, you’ll be enjoying the fruits (or should I say flowers?) of your labor.