Flowers for Mothers' Day
Well, when you think of pretty flowers like this you ought to be thinking of your mother because low and behold Sunday is Mother's Day and for goodness sakes don't forget her because she never forgot you.
Now there are several plants that are available this year in potted form and I recommend potted plants because the blooms last so much longer rather than cut flowers. This beautiful thing that I'm holding right here is an Azalea. Now of course this is not an azalea that you can plant out and it would do well in the soil around here. We are giving this specifically so that your mother can enjoy them, think about you giving them to her for Mother's Day, and then dispose of them after the bloom is gone.
Same way with New Guinea Impatiens. They're spectacular as you can tell, but really don't do well in the local soil. You need just regular impatiens if you're going to use those. Of course there's hydrangeas, we've been talking about those for the last couple of years and they come in beautiful colors of red and blue and sure are spectacular and last a long period of time.
If you want to give your Mother something she can actually plant out in her flowerbed why don't you try Caladium. They're all different colors and a lot of people have planted earlier Caladiums because of the cold soils and wet weather that we've had they've actually rotted in the soil. So you can give Caladium they make a wonderful shady plant to grow in you landscape.
But for goodness sakes get your mother something for Mother's Day because she's been mighty good to you and you want to be good to her.
This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.
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