Gardening is a Whole Other Language!

Like most people, springtime starts creeping in by way of thunderstorms and tornadoes; I start thinking about the exterior of my house, meaning the gardening area and the landscaping. So, I head out to the local nursery and start looking around. Of course, I get confused and have no clue what I want, what I could or should plant and I find somebody to help me. Bless their hearts; they are always willing, and they are always extremely knowledgeable, too. Did I mention very patient?

Each year when I ask for help, they start off by asking the same question: Do you want annuals or perennials? I can only imagine the look on my face because they usually begin to proceed by describing the difference. Do you know the difference? Each year I think I do, but I seem to have it backwards each time. Are they changing it every year or am I just that dense when it comes to gardening? I guess it is my density.

Anyway. . .What is the difference between annuals and perennials? Well, perennial flowers go dormant in the winter months and come back year after year. Annuals, on the other hand, are planted during the spring months and summer months, and they bloom just one season. Now, that may seem backwards, but that is the official gardening definition, folks.

Another group of words used in gardening that may be confusing: bedding plants. This is a plant that you set in your garden bed or a plant container just before it blooms. This is usually an annual and is for display use then discarded when the season is over.