Spring Reminds Us of Nature’s Resiliency

There’s nothing more cheerful for the heart than a bunch of spring blooms: trees and shrubs bursting forth with flowers and bulbs painting the landscape. We need this display to reassure us of life everlasting and that we are resilient. Nature nurtures us with her treasures and we must do the same for her. 

Take note of what is blooming (or not) in your garden or pots now so that you know what to add. Make a brief sketch of what is blooming and all the colors your landscape contains.  

If you have children, ask them to draw and color the landscape as they see it; you might just end up with a budding horticulturalist. 

 Look for the native trees such as dogwoods, redbuds, shadbush and chokeberry. All can be cut and brought indoors to add to bouquets. 

Chokeberry, Aronia arbutifolia‘Brilliantissima’, is lovely with fragrant white spring flowers, bright red glossy berries that are edible, shiny foliage and brilliant red fall color. 


Hi Maria, 

Your article was fantastic [“Grow a Garden of Small Veggies in Pots, April 9”]! I’ve been thinking about container gardening but didn’t know any names of compact plants.  

Do you know a garden center that sells these seeds online?  

Stay safe! Thank you, 

— Jill 

Dear Jill, 

Patio Snacker seeds are available from Seeds ‘n Such seed company (www.seedsnsuch.com). Super Bush tomato seeds are available from eCrater and Lunchbox peppers and Thumbelina carrot seeds are available from Johnny’s Selected Seeds (www.johnnyseeds.com). 

— Maria 

Editor’s Note: A large number of online seed suppliers are currently facing high demand, backlogs of orders and shortage of supply. Some selections may be unavailable as of press time.