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THE RELUCTANT GARDENER
White Flower Farm is ready to be your personal coach
With spring less than a month away, the reluctant gardener begins a cycle of garden denial. White Flower Farm (www.whiteflowerfarm.com) has seen this before and offers a list of the top symptoms for the syndrome:
** Subconsciously rooting for a late spring so that the "right" time to plant can be put off that much longer.
** Hoping when spring does come, it will be a cold, wet one (the reluctant gardener wouldn't dare say this out loud, particularly in areas hit hard by snow this winter). With that poor spring weather no one will be able to plant until summer, when it's blazingly hot, and everyone will give up entirely.
** Wishing this could be the year that silk flowers stuck into plastic pots become all the rage.
** Wondering if "Go Green" must include planting flowers or edibles, or whether recycling bottles at work is enough.
** Thinking there may be such a thing as shovelphobia, a fear of garden tools.
** Trying to decide if letting weeds grow might be considered gardening with native plants.
** Planning on writing a novel (or painting the house) this summer. No possible way to fit in gardening as well.
White Flower Farm says that Reluctant Gardener syndrome can be cured! In fact, in their six decades in the business, they've helped many potential gardeners overcome their fears and dig in. Here are some of their top reasons to (finally) give plants a chance this year:
• Perennials. These plants come back every year. You can create a garden from plants that return without further effort on your part! One of the best is Geranium 'Rozanne', which flowers all summer. Plant it once and enjoy it every year!
• Stress release. From watering plants (very relaxing), to enjoying the beauty of the garden in various stages, tending a garden can reduce stress and elevate moods.
• Food. One 'Sungold' tomato plant will produce delicious orange cherry tomatoes to dress your salads this summer. Just think how proud you will be to grow and serve your own edibles!
• Overcome shovelphobia. Put the shovel to good use – in a small raised bed. Gardening shovels also come in nice colors (another plus!). Or forget shovels and grow your favorite plants in pots this year (you'll just need a hand trowel).
• Dream shrubs. Hydrangea 'Blue Billow' – bright blue flowers in the shade, gorgeous fall color and no maintenance – what’s easier than that? Compact Rose Carefree Wonder™ with perfectly shaped, sweetheart pink blooms all summer, followed by orange fruits in fall.
• Pretty leaves. Easy care, colorful plants do exist! Grow a pot of brightly colored fancy-leaf geraniums that also produce flowers, such as the "In the Zone" collection from White Flower Farm.
• Aromatherapy. Fragrances from ornamentals and edibles can provide an at-home aromatherapy treatment right in your own backyard or on the patio. Enjoy the scents of lilacs or lemons, heliotrope and herbs, as well as roses, lilies, and ripe tomatoes.
Finally, just like any good coach, White Flower Farm is available -- via their customer service number and Web site -- for support if the reluctant gardener needs a sudden pep talk.
Barb Pierson, the nursery manager at White Flower Farm, is available for interviews upon request, as are other experts.
Please contact: Deborah Broide,
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White Flower Farm is a family-owned nursery located in northwest Connecticut. Since 1950, they have been gathering, evaluating, growing, and selling a wide range of annuals, perennials, shrubs, vines, bulbs, and houseplants representing the very best varieties from around the world. Plants shipped are true to name, free of disease, and in prime condition for growing. While in the area, stop by White Flower Farm with its five acres of display gardens, or visit www.whiteflowerfarm.com, where you will also find helpful gardening information including a how-to video library. Join our E-mail list for gardening advice and tips, From the Farm monthly newsletter, announcement of events at the White Flower Farm Store, and special offers not in our catalogues or on our Web site. White Flower Farm -- we make your garden grow.