This quote exemplifies how I have been feeling since the official start of spring. I have been looking for a change….my sleeping garden needs to wake up. And with March ending on a quiet, sunny, warm note, my garden has sprung to life quite literally. These lovely iris reticulata are blooming off the patio in the back garden. And with them the garden is slowly awakening, stretching its legs, opening its eyes and smiling with blooms popping up all over.
But this is not how March started and continued here in my central New York garden. This picture is more like it as spring came in on the back of more snow. But within a week’s time, the snow had receded revealing a garden full of life. So I hope you enjoy this rather crazy journey in my March garden.
As I write my garden journal for March, I will be checking in with other gardeners and their memes to see what is happening around the world: Garden Bloggers Harvest Day (GBHD)@The Gardening Blog on the 5th, Salad Days@Veg Plotting on the 4th Friday of the month, First Views@Town Mouse & Country Mouse and End of Month View with Helen@The Patient Gardener’s Weblog.
Did we have weather. March came in like a roaring lion with snow, ice, wind and cold. We had a brief thaw mid month with the prelude of spring, but quickly the snow was flying again blanketing everything for weeks. We ended the winter with 19 feet and some odd inches of snow. Of course we can still have snow in April and May, but the temps are moderating to normal for this time of year in the high 40s and low 50s.
Most of March was spent in the 20s and low 30s with nightly lows down in the 20s and teens. But that March sun is warmer than January so snow was always slowly melting…ice age slow, but melting none-the-less. And the first full moon washed the melting garden in moonlight that bounced off patches of snow allowing me to see those pesky deer stealing into the garden.
I will say the sunrises were again spectacular in March as we adjusted to the loss of an hour springing ahead. Subtle pastel rainbow colors were the norm and gave me some needed color.
Quickly the snowdrops, early crocus, hellebores and iris reticulata were already showing blooms in the back garden at the end of March. Many more flowers are sporting buds, and will bloom by next weekend if not before; daffs and hyacinths especially.
This was the typical cycle in March. We started with snow, thawed, snowed and thawed again. And with each thaw we had flooding in the back although much of it has receded or has been dealt with through rain gardens. I still have a few areas to fix as you can see in the top left picture. Due to my knee injury last year, I was unable to tackle this area. Below are some more views of the cycle.
And here is the garden at the end of March still a bit squishy but warming up. Can you spot the broken bird house? Here are a few blooms found in the back gardens at the end of the month….
These maple buds burst into flower unexpectedly. They were hard to get a clear picture of as they were swaying in the breeze.
This is the White Garden looking very white in March. As it thawed a snowdrop or 2 popped up, but now as it is finally thawed the first hellebore has bloomed. It seems this one in the white garden blooms first every year.
Here is the progression in the front garden. I hope to get out and clean it up soon. The blooms are more delayed in the front even though it is sunnier because of the snow that is heaped on this garden from the driveway when we snowblow. But you can see the flowers are forming and getting ready to burst soon.
Here is the wall garden holding all sorts of surprises with crocus getting ready to bloom and bearded iris and alliums sporting new growth. This is my huge pink hellebore that followed me from my old garden. It is on the other side of the house and getting ready to bloom. And in case you couldn’t tell, I do not clean up the garden before spring as I like to leave seed heads and leaf litter for the critters.
Well I was hoping to plant peas the last weekend in March, but the garden needs to warm another week. And what will we find growing under this cover now that it has thawed and getting more spring sun?
The seeds are coming along for the most part as I have repotted alyssum, snapdragons, viola and pansies. Soon I will repot the eggplant, petunias and torenia along with majoram and summer savory. But I did have an epic fail with my new deep root pots as the seed starting mix was too fine and not packed tight enough. The roots were not getting enough water and many peppers and tomatoes were lost and had to be restarted. The peppers may not do well once planted putside since it will take at least 2 months of growing again before they get in the garden. But the remaining tomatoes that you can see bottom right, are actually recovering from being planted deeper in new growing medium.
I also started Brussel sprouts, basil and morning glories by the end of March.
This is the garlic bed that had lots of growth during the winter that I hope will bounce back as it is looking ragged. I will be adding onions to this bed. I can’t wait to get my early beets, lettuces, spinach, radishes and peas started outside under cover.
The pond finally started melting in March, and is now completely melted and full of algae. I hope we can open the pond and clean it out the first weekend in April.
The meadow needs to be cleaned up and I hope to get to that in early April. Lots of red twig dogwood volunteers that will also have to be thinned. And we will keep a close eye out for the teasel, thistle and Queen Anne’s Lace to make sure they do not dominate the back of the meadow where I hope to replant it with many native plants.
Finally here are the critters that have been around the garden this March.
The black squirrel (sorry for the fuzzy picture as he was moving a lot) has been trying to figure out a way to get to the caged suet feeder, but was satisfied to eat remnants from the feeder he found on the ground. The Juncos and robins finally came for spring along with the starlings who bullied everyone and ate most of the suet. (see my post about the feeder follies at Beautiful Wildlife Gardens on April 2nd). The red tail hawk has been seen watching the meadow often so birds beware. There has been lots of bird activity in the garden. More visitors will be arriving weekly.
Gardens Eye Verse
Well spring has finally come to the Purple Door Gardens at Garden’s Eye View. Here’s a little poem about the beginning of spring I hope you will enjoy. The daffodil picture is from last year’s garden.
The Start of Spring
Every spring my curiosity stirs,
to thoughts of pink blossoms and songs of birds.
My eyes gaze upon bright green shoots,
as I walk about the soggy garden in my muddy boots.
Now each new day brings heady smells,
of rich soil and spring’s wondrous spells.
Time stands still for but a brief moment,
as we welcome this year’s garden with golden trumpets.
Book Giveaway Winner
Next up on the blog: Next Monday I’ll have an early Simply the Best-Herb post in April with an herb seed giveaway. April brings us garden books, Earth Day, Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day and Wildflower Tales. The garden will be busy and I hope to capture some of the highlights to share. I hope you will join me.
I will be linking in with Michelle@Rambling Woods for her Nature Notes meme. It is a great way to see what is happening in nature around the world every Wednesday.
I hope you will join me for my posts once a month at Beautiful Wildlife Garden. See my most current post now.
As always, I’ll be joining Tootsie Time’s Fertilizer Friday.
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