|A Preview of What's to Come in Spring - Pink Rose from Bouquet|
This winter has been more of a true winter with cold temperatures that fit with a normal winter for our region compared to last winter when the daffodils were blooming in January because of the warm temperatures. I love the snow of winter and yearn for it when it does not come frequently enough, but with daffodils beginning to bloom and signs of growth here and there, I am anxiously awaiting spring.
Gardening Zone: 7a
February High Temperature: 57 degrees F
February Low Temperature: 18 degrees F
Precipitation: 1.37 inches
|Birds Feeding During Snowfall|
I participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count earlier in February. What birds did you see in the garden? These are my counts:
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
Mourning Dove - 5
Great Horned Owl - 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 2
Downy Woodpecker - 1
Pileated Woodpecker - 1
Blue Jay - 3
Carolina Chickadee - 5
Tufted Titmouse - 3
White-breasted Nuthatch - 1
Carolina Wren - 1
American Robin - 7
Northern Mockingbird - 1
Song Sparrow - 3
Dark-eyed Junco - 7
Northern Cardinal - 5
House Finch - 8
American Goldfinch - 11
House Sparrow - 1
Northern Flicker - 2
American Crow - 9
Eastern Bluebird - 6
European Starling - 1
The squirrel likes the feeder, too. He jumps onto the feeder from the deck railing and quickly leaps off when I come, leaving the feeder swinging from side to side.
|Squirrel Sitting in Bird Feeder|
The cardinal showcases his crimson feathers in the winter landscape.
|Male Cardinal in the Forest|
what's Blooming, sprouting
Some daffodils are blooming, but most are in bud form.
|Yellow Daffodil in the Rain|
Hydrangeas are budding even with some of the old leaves hanging nearby.
|The Old with the New - Hydrangea Buds|
It is so nice to see the roses beginning to leaf out.
The lilies are breaking through the surface.
|Daylilies Beginning to Break Through the Ground|
The hellebores are still blooming.
The hyacinth blooms I had indoors were lovely at their peak.
in the garden
I still have Swiss chard, Chinese cabbage, lettuce, and cabbage in the vegetable garden. I sowed peas indoors, and they are almost ready to be planted in the vegetable bed.
|Pea Plants Indoors|
cleared away plant debris and leaves in some plant beds
sowed peas indoors (Cascadia)
chores for March
clear away plant debris and leaves in remaining plant beds
weed garden beds
prune raspberry bush
prune back liriope
During one of our recent snowfalls, I captured the snowflakes in macro. They appear as tiny little crystal star creations with intricate and delicate details.
Sandra Knauf, editor and publisher of Greenwoman Magazine and Flora's Forum, is offering The Sage Butterfly readers a free copy of the magazine by signing up on the mailing list on the magazine web site. I read the latest issue and enjoyed all the beauty and humor the magazine offers. It is a lovely experience that she has created with this magazine which matches the heart of any gardener so well.
Sandra is also looking for submissions and ads for the next issue, the Summer/Fall issue.
What's in your Garden Notebook for March?
I am joining in the following:
Helen of The Patient Gardener hosts End of Month View. This monthly meme is where garden bloggers share their garden views for the end of the month.
And The Gardening Blog for Garden Bloggers Harvest Day, a monthly meme where bloggers can show off their gardens.
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