YORKTON – I know many of you receive catalogs from Vesey’s, but just in case, I wanted to tell you about something that was mentioned in the “Vesey’s Bulbs” catalog for Spring 2022. Inside the cover, there is a brief notice of 2022 being ‘the year of the garden’.
This proclamation is from the Canadian Garden Council, whose vision is to promote the benefits of gardening and gardens, as well as the benefits of urban and municipal landscapes.
The goal is to help people focus on “garden life”, no matter the size of their garden, whether it’s a flowerpot on a balcony or a garden outside. ‘back. And not just at home: we are encouraged to notice and appreciate gardens and landscaping wherever we are.
The last two years, when people are staying close to home, have seen an increase in the number of gardeners: creating not only a renewed interest, but a new interest for beginning gardeners. Gardeners appreciate the current practice of gardening, as well as the “garden lifestyle” of being more outdoors, growing fruits and vegetables, and generally enjoying in a new way the joys and the serenity that our gardens can bring us.
Thus, in this “year of the garden”, gardeners are invited to “plant red”. It will make bright and beautiful containers in our yards, won’t it! The catalog has a gorgeous new peony called “Red Charm” in keeping with the idea of red planting. Let’s make this one of our planting goals this spring, to plant at least one bold and beautiful “red” pot!
Now… let’s talk about Chinese New Year for a moment! Chinese New Year takes place on Tuesday, February 1. The date of this occasion is based on the Chinese lunar calendar, which is later than the Gregorian calendar. It’s the year of the tiger, and those born in the year of the tiger have wonderful qualities, including being very ambitious, enthusiastic, confident, and generous!
There are lucky colors for this auspicious occasion, and in the year of the tiger there are four lucky colors: a bright and fiery red, which represents vitality and love; the imperial yellow which brings us wisdom and luck; mint green which represents growth and healing; and cerulean blue which represents serenity. It could be fun to plant a pot with flowers of these colors! If we do, we should also use a touch of white or gold for balance.
This holiday is very much in tune with plants, especially flowers and fruits. If we want to share the celebration and symbolism that marks the occasion for over 1.5 billion people, we can join in by sharing a special Chinese New Year floral gift!
Because oranges resemble the sun, they represent happiness and abundance. An interesting pomelo gift will bring good luck to a house. If you are offering pomelos, offer two, as this represents family unity. Apples signify peace and harmony; a green apple means money. Grapes are synonymous with wealth and prosperity.
Looking for flowers? Beautiful orchids represent abundance, while delicate peach blossoms signify growth. Giving the gift of a peony gives wealth and honor, especially a red peony. (Perhaps we could give a Red Charm peony as a gift!) Concealed willows signify the dawning of new prosperity.
The language of plants is interesting, isn’t it! Find out what’s new from the Yorkton Hort Society at www.yorktonhort.ca. Thanks to our friends at YTW for their wonderful work.
Have a good week!