It’s the ugly time of year in the Capital Region. The calendar says spring, but it doesn’t feel like it, and even though there’s always a few 60-degree days this time of year, there’s also still a risk for a snowstorm. In other words, it’s not quite time to clean up the yard and put plants in the garden, but there are other ways you can prepare for the growing season.
For Rochelle Thomas, this is the time of year when she shares her home with plants — a lot of plants. Thomas owns Daisies and Dahlias, a garden design and plant care company in Saratoga Springs. Thomas and her crew create and tend storefront planters and garden installations, in addition to other work. Many potted plants that thrive all summer long need a place to spend the winter, and that place is often Thomas’s home, where they’ll stay until she can be sure a they won’t freeze overnight. Plus, Thomas is growing seedlings: tomatoes, squashes, herbs, beans, melons, cucumbers, zinnia, cosmos, dahlias and more. The fledgling plants spend a few hours in the sun each day acclimating to the outdoors. Thomas won’t put them in the ground until the end of May.