March has been a month of extremes. We have had several snowfalls and a few days of temperatures in the 50's or 60's. Spring is definitely moving in like a lamb. Although I am yearning for more of the warmth and color of spring, I do relish the snow. I yearn for it so desperately in the winter that when it comes, whenever it comes, it is hard for me to complain.
A childlike sense of wonder seems to come over me, and I table my yearning and savor every snowflake, every frost covered branch, every sweep of alabaster across the landscape. It is almost as if I think I will never see it again. Perhaps it is a way to honor its presence before it retreats for the season--for I will not see it again for many months.
And when the snow melts,--which it did very quickly as the rain fell to wash it away or the temperatures rose high enough to thaw it away--I am transformed to spring mode. Spring nods her head once again as if to say I am here despite winter's long goodbye. I check the daffodils, the crocuses, the peas, to ensure all is well. Although they have been pushed by the wind and smothered by the snow, they all take it in stride.
Gardening Zone: 7a
March High Temperature: 61 degrees F
March Low Temperature: 27 degrees F
Precipitation: 2.8 inches
The American Robin is visiting in high numbers. Sometimes I see 10 to 15 of them in the backyard with about two to four feet between them listening for worms over the ground.
This wren perches each morning on the deck railing and sings a morning wake-up call.
The squirrels make their way up through the woods to the backyard bird feeder.
what's blooming, sprouting
The maple blooms are red and sassy and are one of the first to show color.
|Red Maple Blooms - Acer rubrum|
The crocuses are blooming and attracting insects.
Cherry blossoms will soon be open despite the snow.
|Yoshino Cherry Blossom Buds|
I have always thought dogwood buds are just as pretty as dogwood blossoms.
|Pink Dogwood Blossom Buds - Cornus florida|
The hellebores are still blooming and blooming along with the daffodils.
|Christmas Rose with Daffodils - Hellebores with narcissus|
The daffodils are blooming all around the yard in patches here and there. The side yard still needs some clearing of debris, but the daffodils are shining through.
Hydrangeas are bursting to open into spring.
|Oak Leaf Hydrangea Buds - Hydrangea quercifolia|
The primroses are opening with beautiful color.
|Primrose - Primula vulgaris|
In the garden, the peas are holding their own amid the weather changes.
|Snowpeas - Avalanche|
I do not have time to sow every plant in the garden, so I sow some garden plants, and I buy others. Here are some flats of spinach, lettuce, strawberries, cabbage, leeks, cilantro, parsley, basil, and tarragon. I will plant the veggies in a day or two. The herbs I may wait to plant. Basil is a bit sensitive to these below freezing night temperatures. Cilantro and parsley will most likely embrace the colder temperatures.
cleared away plant debris and leaves in some plant beds
spread compost in garden beds
chores for April
clear away plant debris and leaves in remaining plant beds
weed remaining garden beds
spread compost in remaining beds
plant vegetable plants in garden
weed and mulch garden paths
plant annuals in containers and garden beds
Spring has been slow in its arrival this year, but I am so inspired by the first blooms. Color and warmth are on the way.
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