May 2015 Letter from the Editor

Dear Readers,

It’s been said that April showers bring May flowers. If only it were that easy.

Every year around this time we find ourselves weeding, digging, planting, fertilizing, watering… and waiting. With every glance out the window and every stroll around the yard, we hope to see the first flower peeking through, bringing new color, life and energy to our homes.

The good news is that no matter your level of knowledge or experience, you can make it happen. And, to help you out, we bring you this May issue of Marketplace, chock-full of information to foster your green thumb.

First, on page 10, writer Ann Wlazelek, introduces you to JR Peters, a company located right here in the Lehigh Valley that can help you grow healthier, more productive and more beautiful gardens. She reminds us that it is important to fertilize because most soils do not provide the essential nutrients required for optimum growth. JR Peters, a family-owned, international company makes the only true grade professional fertilizer you can buy. So don’t let your plants go hungry!

If you are having trouble planning your garden landscape and you aren’t sure what flowers will bring color all year long? Turn to our Home department on page 68 where Kate D’Imperio tunes you in to pretty perennials and which to plant when. She spoke to an area expert who offers tips on how to care for your flowers. And, she even shares how to have a little fun with color schemes and texture.

For those who love flowers but not planting – or if you have nowhere to grow your garden – Kelly Cerimele shows you how to infuse a little inflorescence into your life. Check out Hot Ticket on page 40 for May flower fashion finds.

Whether you have a few containers on a fire escape or a large backyard floral oasis, dig into your garden adventure and have fun! But remember to always stop and smell the… well, whatever it is you’re growing.

Happy Spring,

Amy Hines, Editor

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