|King of the Striped Crocus|
Winter seems to have made a strong refusal to leave and allow spring to take over. We have had snow this month, very cold temperatures, and some periods of rain and wintry mix precipitation. However, all of that does not seem to hinder the emergence of spring for many of the plants in the garden. Spring manages to squeeze in a few days here and there of warm temperatures that whisper a soft tune to all the plants that spring is coming despite winter's resistance.
Gardening Zone: 7a
March High Temperature: 73 degrees F
March Low Temperature: 10 degrees F
Precipitation: 3.10 inches
The American Goldfinches have molted and are glimmering with their spring plumage.
|Male American Goldfinch in spring plumage|
This hawk has been a frequent visitor to my backyard hunting for small birds. It is either a Sharp-shinned or a Cooper's hawk. The two are very hard for me to distinguish. Perhaps you have an idea which one this is.
|Sharp-shinned or Cooper's Hawk|
A flock of Red-winged Blackbirds came by to visit during a snow storm.
what's blooming, sprouting
The daffodils are opening up. Each day, I find a new clump blooming.
|Narcissus - Las Vegas daffodil|
Lilies are breaking ground.
Roses are leafing out.
Tulips are showing their leaves through the ground.
|Various tulips breaking ground|
The dogwood blooms are beginning to grow larger--even with the decorative hat of a feather.
|Pink Dogwood bud|
Maple blooms are spreading their fingers.
|Acer rubrum - Red maple tree blooms|
The Eastern Redbud tree is preparing for that lovely spring display.
|Cercis canadensis - Eastern Redbud buds|
in the vegetable garden
The peas are coming along, but there have been some snows that have crushed them and covered them. I created a wall of tarps around the bed to protect them and contain some warmth because they are hard to cover. Even with frosts and heavy snows, they are holding their own.
|Peas - Avalanche|
I have prepared some beds in the garden and planted more vegetables, such as Romaine lettuce, red leaf lettuce, Napa Chinese cabbage, chard, mustard, and kale.
|the spring vegetable garden|
pruned back liriope
prepared vegetable garden beds for planting
moved damaged White Fringe Tree with hopes of some growth
planted new White Fringe Tree in old location
planted peas, lettuces, spinach, kale, Chinese cabbage, mustard
chores for April
clear away plant debris and leaves in planting beds
weed garden beds
plant annuals in containers
Some of my Carolina Jessamine vines have suffered in this harsh winter. I hope they will find life again, but I am not sure there will be blooms this year.
|Ice and cold damage to Carolina Jessamine vine (Gelsemium sempervirens)|
What is in your garden notebook for April?
I am joining in the following:
Michelle of Rambling Woods hosts Nature Notes. A weekly meme, Nature Notes is for sharing all those observations in nature.
Helen of The Patient Gardener hosts End of Month View, a monthly meme where gardeners share there gardens at the end of the month.
Gemma Wiseman of Macro Monday 2 hosts Macro Monday. This weekly meme is for sharing all of those lovely macros from the garden.
I will post the next installment in the composting series, Composting Part III: How to Make Perfect Compost.
If you missed the start of the series, here are the first two posts:
Composting Part I - All About Compost
Composting Part II - Advantages and Disadvantages of Compost Bins and Piles
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