Put snow shovels away. CHECK.
Remove skis and ice skates from front porch decor. CHECK.
Dismantle festive and oh so trendy hot cocoa station that has added 2 inches to your waist. CHECK.
It's official. Spring is actually going to come to the Midwest this year. I had my doubts, but it looks like hell has not frozen over and that fat lady called winter has sung her last song (cue freak mid-March snow storm).
Spring is gonna happen after all.
And in honor of its arrival, on Friday I trekked out to the local garden center to fight the crowds and take some photos of some early spring flowers for you.
Problem was that there was NO ONE at the garden center except me and a few workers. I felt a little odd walking around while the workers were still trying to set up the greenhouse tables. I actually got rained on when the overhead sprinklers started spraying water on me and the pansies.
Or did the workers turn the water on on purpose? I never thought of that at the time, but they were sort of eyeing me strangely.
So I may be jumping the gun on spring fever here a tiny bit, but I wanted to show you some early spring flowers that are cold tolerant. They can handle a light frost and the cooler spring nighttime temperatures.
If you are planting them in the ground, I still would cover them if you are expecting a frost just to be on the safe side.
But as a girl who CAN NOT WAIT to get my hands dirty in the spring, I am so happy these plants exist in the world. Even if you have to get a little wet while shopping for them.
Here are five other early spring flowers that can handle the chilly spring temperatures. I just didn't get to take photos of them for you (Did I mention the sprinklers?):
Have you got the gardening itch yet?