Monday, 18 May 2009

You Don't Bring Me Flowers Anymore

I live in Fargo, North Dakota with my wife and two
children. And there's a reason my wife's been humming the
melody from Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond's hit song,
"You Don't Bring Me Flowers Anymore". It's because I don't
bring her flowers anymore. She put a stop to it. She said
that with the price of flowers, especially roses, going up
so drastically over the past several years there were just
too many other things the money had to be used for,
especially with two growing kids.

But that doesn't mean she doesn't miss the flower delivery
person at the door with a beautiful spray of flowers on her
birthday, Valentine's Day, or even Mother's Day. I don't
want to brag, but I was a bit of a master when choosing
just the right arrangement for her. And I'm not talking
about just when we were dating. The gift of flowers
continued long after we were married. The bouquets were
always colorful (and included at least two or three
varieties of flowers that grew in her favorite color,
yellow) and had such lovely fragrances that it was hard for
her to give it all up.

Then one day I woke up. Even though we live in a climate
where we have spring and summer for only about five months
out of the year, I figured I could still give her a "gift
of flowers", but it would just look a bit different then
what she had become accustomed to. I could plant a
beautiful garden with all of her favorites in it.

I wondered how I would get such a project underway. I had
a feeling that unless I could do this affordably, my wife
would not be singing a different tune when it came to the
expense.

I had never grown anything in my life and certainly didn't
see myself with a green thumb. But I was determined to
learn. So, I started researching on the internet for
information about when to plant, what to plant, and how to
keep those planted seeds growing, growing, growing!

Early on I ran across a site that did it all. They sold
flower seeds, sure. But they did so much more. They had
for sale every possible variety of flowers and tons of
information posted about each one of them. I found a
flower that I hadn't heard of before, but knew immediately
it would be a hit with my wife. It's called the Shasta
Daisy. Here are just a few of her finer points (no
kidding, this was all available in one spot):

*She has a bright, yellow center.

*She blooms from early spring through September and is a
perennial (that means it grows back on its own each year.
That's right; I'm picking up some new vocabulary here).

*She makes a perfect cut flower, blooming for about two
weeks in a bouquet.

*She is easy to maintain and is drought tolerant.

*You plant the seeds at only a depth of about 1/16 of an
inch.

*Germination is about 2-4 weeks.

*She grows to a height of 1-3 feet.

I know it seems silly that I am talking about this plant as
if it was a human being but this garden was becoming "my
baby".

And, one more thing. Just when I thought I had enough
information to get under way, and get my order in, I saw a
link to purchase some gardening tools. Oops! I forgot
that I needed a hoe and rake and who knew what else. I
needed tools that would make my gardening easy and fun. I
ran across a name I had not heard of before; Wolf Garden.
At first I though it was the name of a rock band we had
seen in concert in the late '80s. Instead I found out
these folks sold some pretty helpful garden implements.
Basically, they're easy to store and use because they have
just one handle that's interchangeable with all of their
long garden tools (like the hoe, rake, broom, etc.) Cool!
I decided to give them a try as well.

So, I am anxious to get started planting. Of course, we
had a bit of a late spring with our area flooding and all,
but I will not be discouraged. By this time next year, I
may once again be in the business of bringing her flowers
for some of those special occasions.


About the Author:

Jeff Dahlberg not only sells cheap flower seeds (as many or
as few as you need) with free shipping on every sale, but
provides real time advice for those of us with or without
that green thumb. To get your garden started click this
link: http://www.cheapseeds.com