The Q&A Archives: Planting in Fall or Winter

Question: My cat, Emma, is dying and I'm going to have to bury her soon. I would like to plant some seeds or bulbs in her grave. What can I plant during the fall or winter that will come up in the Spring. It would be especially nice, if it would grow over again each year. (I don't know if this is an annual or perennial.) The grave will be beside a grape arbor.

Answer: I am so sorry about Emma. You could plant some daffodil bulbs this fall, these tend to be very long lived and come back for years if planted in a well drained spot that recieves ample sun in late spring. (If you prune your grapes hard, this will work fine.) You could also sprinkle some viola cornuta seeds (Johnny Jump Up), or set out some of these little viola plants next spring. These will do well in springtime sun and often reseed themselves from year to year. What a lovely project.

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