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3 Ways Raising Grandchildren is Like Gardening

If you had to choose between gardening and your grandchildren, which one would you pick? Just kidding… we’d never make you choose between what are probably two of the greatest joys in your life. (We’re not heartless!) However, that does bring us to our next point: gardening and raising grandkids have quite a few similarities! Just like the way those lessons you learned in kindergarten can be applied to your horticulture hobby, the things you’ve experienced as a grandparent are also very reminiscent of being a gardener.
3 Ways Raising Grandchildren is Just Like Gardening

1. It’s just so much fun!
There’s truly nothing like hanging out with your little granddaughter or grandson. Grandkids are full of imagination and never leave you with a dull moment; they always make you feel young again. Just like you’re always keeping up with your grandchildren, your garden definitely has its own way of keeping you on your toes. Whether it’s a new blossom that has bloomed or a pesky pest that’s moved in, there is always something for you to do. It’s safe to say your garden can be just about as unpredictable as your adorable grandkids coming up with new things everyday.

2. It takes time and patience
Speaking of those grandchildren always keeping you on your toes… Surely you’ve noticed that patience is key when dealing with a little one that bounces from one corner of the room to another. Every now and then, you need to remind yourself that these little humans take time to grow and will not always do exactly what you want them to. As with those stubborn seeds in your garden you hoped would be sprouting by now, it’s important to remember that patience is the best policy. Just keep doing the right thing, and the rewards will come; in the form of a mature and beautiful garden, or wonderful sweet human beings.

3. The rewards are beautiful
Some grandparents might argue that they like their grandkids more than their own kids! (Don’t worry, we won’t tell!) There is something so truly special about raising a family member a couple generations younger than you—and the delight it brings is almost indescribable. When you’re patient, the rewards are tenfold, just like in gardening. Though there may be ups and down in life and in the garden, you can always be reminded about the beauty surrounding you when you take one look at your happy grandchild and happy plants. Everything else just fades away.
If you’ve been nodding your head the whole time while reading this, we’ve got an idea for you: why not bring your garden and grandchild together? There are plenty of ways to introduce your kin to the hobby; just check out these 10 plants your grandchildren will love helping with.
Kids can learn a lot from gardening especially when you teach them how to plant their first garden. Plus, you get to enjoy both of your favorite things at the same time! It’s a win for everyone (including the garden, which gets even more TLC).
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Come Back Kids: When Will My Perennials Return In The Spring?

As the sun begins to be more of a regular guest in our day-to-day activities, it’s not uncommon to continually peek outside at your plants, waiting anxiously for them to bloom. It is spring after all, right? So why aren’t your perennials coming back out yet? That’s the best part about planting perennials—the fact that they return in the spring!

The good news is you’re not alone in wondering when perennials return. And it’s a valid question to have, because the answer can change depending on a few different factors. The other good news is that we’ve got all the information you need to determine when your favourite blooms will come back out, and you might even be able to summon them sooner.
When Do Perennials Return?
To determine when your perennials will bloom again, you’ll have to first discern a few things: what variety you have, where you live, how you’ve been caring for your garden, and what the weather has been like.

What is the Perennial Variety?
The type of perennial you have will help you understand its life cycle much better. Geranium Rozanne, for example, is a hardy geranium, which means she retreats back into the ground until spring comes around. “Indian Summer” black-eyed Susans have the same quality. A different perennial example would be “Lipstick” strawberry plants, which grow as evergreen perennials, producing green leaves all year long, then blooming bright red and yellow flowers when spring comes around.
It’s recommended to make sure you research your own perennials to learn more about its life cycle. Some of these perennials are proven to bloom early spring, while others are known to come back closer to summer. Take a look at this list as well to learn more about your perennials. However, the plants only perform their best according to the hardiness zone you live in, which brings us to our next point.

What is Your Garden Zone?
Depending on the hardiness zone you live in, your plant will either thrive or take a lot more work to keep alive. Usually, when you purchase seeds or a mature plant, the packaging will include a graphic or sentence telling you which zones the plant works best in.
Basically, you’ll want to make sure that your perennial can withstand the highest and lowest temperatures as well as the rainfalls (or lack thereof) in your garden zone. Some perennials have the ability to withstand colder winters than others. If you live in a very cold garden zone, this page lists some of the extremely cold hardy perennials. If your perennial is not native enough to your garden zone, it might act more like an annual, only blooming once in its life span.

How Have You Cared for Your Perennials?
There are a few practices you should keep up during the dormant months to ensure your perennials come back brighter and more alive than ever when spring rolls around. Depending on whether or not you’ve care well for your perennials can affect their ability to come back sooner rather than later.
For example, planting your perennials in fall is said to help them come back in spring brighter and better than ever. As far as your specific varieties, it’s important to pay close attention to their care instructions. Luckily, if you have Geranium Rozanne in your garden or other perennial geraniums, these plants are pretty easy-going when it comes to care. Just remember to do what’s right for your variety to ensure you prime it for optimal spring blooming.

How Has the Weather Been This Year?
The last thing to take into consideration when trying to figure out when your perennials will return is the past year’s weather. If it’s been considerably, hot, cold, wet, or dry, try to think about whether or not you remedied these weather conditions with your care. If it’s been quite cold, you might see later blooms, whereas a mild winter can call for early blooming. Sometimes, if it was too cold, your bulbs might have been damaged a bit.
Clearly, there are a lot of factors that go into determining when perennials return in spring, so make sure you check off everything above to see when your flowers will come back out. And if you join Rozanne’s Inner Circle, you’ll get important info like this in your inbox every month!

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6 Things You Learned In Kindergarten That Will Make You A Better Gardener

It may seem like it was a long time ago, but kindergarten was one of those golden moments that provided the foundation for who you’ve grown into today. For many little ones, kindergarten is the first place you find friends, your first thirst for learning, and the first time you learn some of the most valuable life lessons that ring true no matter your age.

Take a step back into time with us and remember those good ‘ol days. You were probably taught many things that you still use today—you just don’t realize it! Specifically speaking, many of those life lessons you learned can definitely make you a better gardener in your later seasons of life. Is it a coincidence that the word “kindergarten” is essentially a mix of “kid” and “garden?” We think not.
Keep these timeless kindergarten lessons in mind next time you tend to your green friends.
Sharing is caring
The thrill of gardening is the fact you’re able to enjoy the fruits of your labors. Whether you’re growing a crop of delicious veggies or even just some stunning flowers, it’d be selfish of you not to spread the joy. Give your friends and family some of the surplus tomatoes you’ve harvested. Pass on some picked flowers to your lonely neighbor. Gardening is a wonderful hobby that can improve the moods of many people, not just your own!
This article reminds us that you can share your garden in many ways. You can share seeds, books, tools, and tips.
Clean Up After Yourself
Cleaning up your mess doesn’t only apply to a crayon massacre. Your garden likes to stay nice and tidy, and it will help you to remember to always clean up after yourself. Pick up any dead leaves, trim your plants, deadhead ailing plants, and rake around your landscape. A clean garden is a happy garden, and just like kindergarten, no one is going to clean up for you.

The Golden Rule
Otherwise known as “treat others as you would like to be treated.” Your plants are living beings and thus need love and care to survive (just like you). Would you want your caretaker to neglect you and forget to feed you? Of course not! Remember to treat your plants as the living beings they are and water, feed, and care for them just like you would want to be cared for.
Use Your Imagination
Never stop dreaming! A sense of imagination in the garden is much more important than you might realize. Fostering creativity will allow you to make your garden a beautiful oasis, constantly bringing in new plants and challenging yourself to care for unfamiliar varieties. Maybe one day you’ll want to create a cottage garden, or perhaps you’re ready to play with colour on your borders. There are so many possibilities to be harnessed while gardening, and all it takes is a little imagination.
Listen To Others
Listening is an age-old personality trait that always pays off. Nobody likes the person who only talks about his or herself and never listens to others. Remember what your teachers told you and be sure to listen. Your plants will tell you when they are not happy or sick. Keep an eye on them, and when they tell you something’s wrong, take action before it’s too late. (Review how to care for Rozanne in autumn here.)
If only naptime translated through the rest of school years. *Sigh.* But this rule does still apply to your garden. Rest is imperative for all living beings, and plants are not an exception. Sometimes your garden needs time to enjoy their food and grow in peace. Every now and then, we don’t like to be patient, and we do too much to our plants, causing them stress and possibility killing them. Instead, make sure you’re only caring for your plant when it is ready for your care. Don’t overwater, over-fertilize, or over-prune. Your plants will thank you for the much-needed naptime. Trust us.
Who knew you and your children or grandchildren had so much in common?! Another important lesson: never stop learning. Stay garden-smart when you join Rozanne’s Inner Circle and get all the know-how you need for a successful garden.