As a veteran gardener, every year I answer the same question:  When can I plant?  The standard answer for Zone 5 is, “To be absolutely safe, don’t put tender plants in the ground before Mothers’ Day.”  This year I broke my own rule in order to establish the garden before our daughter’s June 5 wedding.  And yes, it is the night before Mothers’ Day and we are due to get frost this evening.  Sigh.

So, hubby and I spent some time carting pots, hanging baskets, and flats of yet un-planted annuals to shelter.  Tender plants that are not portable were covered, just in case. 

I am resigned to waiting a few more days before returning them to their locations.  Hopefully, Mothers’ Day will mark the end of frosty possibilities.


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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