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Now that it's nearly the end of March, Spring has sprung in the Northern Hemisphere of the world. I'm always excited for Spring because it means that warmer weather is upon us and life becomes colourful once again.
Over the last few years, I have slowly been growing a garden in my backyard. It's quite a lot of work (especially removing the weeds) but once the flowers bloom, I'm rewarded with beautiful sights. My favourite plants in the garden are peonies, hydrangeas, and hibiscus. I love big showy flowers because they visibly liven up the landscape. I also prefer perennials of course, because you just need to plant once and they "should" keep coming back year after year.
An essential component of gardening is soil. Although, soil is mostly inorganic, it has a small percentage of organic matter called humus or humic acid, this very large molecule you see in the I Dig You Card.
Plants have the remarkable ability to make their own food by photosynthesis, using the power of sunlight that is harnessed by the green pigment in leaves called chlorophyll, the molecule in the Gardenerd Button.
As plants continue to grow, hormones like auxin and gibberellin enable them to elongate and become taller. Auxin is the molecule on the Growing On Me Card and gibberellin is the molecule on the Bloom Where You're Planted Card.
A happy garden also needs Spring showers. I love the smell of rain. Do you? Have you ever wondered what it is? When raindrops splash upon the ground and dance on the soil, there comes to be an earthy smell called petrichor that can be attributed to a molecule called geosmin in the Under the Weather Card.
Are you a gardenerd? Do you like gardening? Do you have a favourite garden you like to visit? What are your favourite flowers or plants? Tell me in the comments below.
Whether you grow a garden yourself or simply like to visit gardens, I hope you get a chance to go out and enjoy one soon.