The Q&A Archives: planning graduation June 9

Question: What would you suggest for rapid growing annuals,because of short growing time in Michigan.

Answer: It is terribly difficult to predict exactly when flowers will bloom or if they will be looking good on a specific date -- spring weather is just too unpredictable. Pansies, dianthus, sweet alyssum and snapdragons might all be blooming by then, but you would need to overplant and also set out larger sized transplants to achieve a nice full looking show so early in the season. You might want to talk to your local nurseryman and see what they would recommend in terms of what they might have available then. Another approach would be to set out a few large impressive planters or oversized vases filled with cut flowers on the special day. This ensables you to order terrific looking flowers from the florist and then display them in the garden setting. That way you will have a lovely display -- whether or not the garden flowers are up to speed by then. And if it rains, you can move them indoors. I hope this helps!

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