It looks like the weather has made its turn around the bend and is heading full-on into spring. You can finally put away the snow-blower and the scarf – now is the time to get outside and get to work on your garden. Ian Praill, co-owner of Praill’s Greenhouse at 1508 Blackwell Rd., knows just what you need to get started.
“Now that the ground is no longer frozen, early May is a good time to prepare your yard and garden,” he says. From seeding and fertilizing the lawn to spreading mulch, gardeners are encouraged to begin laying groundwork. And though it isn’t quite time for planting anything smaller than trees and shrubs, you can pick up flowers and start dreaming up plots and colour schemes.
“Traditionally, we don’t recommend planting any of your annual plants until May 24th,” Praill advises. And advice is abundant at Praill’s Greenhouse. For more than a century, the family-owned business has offered expertise and quality products for homes and gardens, from ornamental flowers and shrubs to vegetables and fruit plants. The staff at the greenhouse is ready and willing to provide a wealth of options, and letting you choose what’s right for your time and your budget. No matter the greenness of your thumb, the benefits of gardening are worth the work – for body and soul.
“When you grow your own produce, you know exactly how it was grown,” Praill says. “And you’re going to get the full nutritional value, because you pick it fresh.” As for ornamental flowers and shrubs, the peacefulness of caring for your plant life can be a spiritual refresher all spring and summer long. Of course, if you are hoping for a lush landscape without the labour, Praill’s has you covered.
Succulent plants originating in tropical regions – think cacti, hibiscus, or aloe – have been gaining popularity, mainly because these hardy plants often require little to no maintenance. In a hot summer with sufficient rainy periods, Mother Nature essentially takes care of these gardens herself. This season should also see an uptick in red & white colour schemes, in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday.
With a world of floral possibilities for the picking, which flower does an expert like Ian Praill stand by, time after time?
“You can’t go wrong with a geranium. It’s tough as nails,” he declares. “Yes, you have to clean them [removing dead flowers weekly], but five minutes is all it requires.”
Gardening is a labour of love, and customers are welcome to stop by and find something beautiful – perhaps a hanging basket or planter of Mom’s favourite bloom, just in time for Mother’s Day.
Spring hours begin May 1st, and Praill’s will be open seven days a week throughout May and June – 9-7 Monday to Friday, 9-4 Saturdays, and 11-3 Sundays.