Designer's Palette

Things To Do in the Rain

You can still add some color to your garden or in containers now. Cyclamen come in red, pink, white, white with pink edges and rose. There is also a frilly flowered cyclamen now. Primroses come in lots of colors too and the yellow ones are fragrant! Make certain to bait for snails, slugs, earwigs, and sowbugs after planting.

Planting new or digging up established frost hardy shrubs and transplanting them can be done in between rain storms or even during a rain storm if the soil isn’t a mucky mess. You may be surprised when you dig down and the soil is still pretty dry a few inches down. Make sure to bring as much of the rootball with the soil as possible. If the soil is dry in the planting hole, give it a good soak with the hose before covering with soil.

Spreading wildflowers seeds, such as Larkspur, Flander’s poppies, Clarkia, and Bachelor’s Button can be done in the rain too. Wildflowers will have better success of thriving if the planting area has be cleared of weeds (on ongoing job).

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