March in the garden has been up and down, warm days and the promise of spring then a cold snap with a hard freeze and a day of snow. Back to warm, then another three days of overnight temps in the 20s. I had to keep an eye on the forecast, twice having to cover up the most tender of the bulbs coming up for several days each time. Picture heavy post today!
During the ideal seed bed starting time at the beginning of the month, I planted seeds in little jiffy pots, marking the varieties with plastic knives and a sharpie pen. I used red ones for the tomato plants just for fun, and since I had them. DH hooked up the grow light, and I try to remember to water them.
The hyacinth bed was coming to life early in March.
Dreary and cold at the beginning of the month, many birds were taking advantage of my homemade suet cakes. DH likes this woodpecker.
On the mountainside behind the house, vincas are blooming profusely, creating a bit of a purple carpet on the ground.
The cardinal couple came by several times to take advantage of the bounty. I’ve been trying to get a photo of the male feeding the female, so sweet.
The cherry tree bloomed early in March, lovely pale pink blooms.
By mid month, the seeds were starting to sprout.
Then, mid-March, a day of snow! I knew this was coming, and had covered up the tender bulbs.
This little wren sat on the railing watching it come down.
I thought I had a pair of bluebirds, and finally got pictures of both. Here is the female getting a bite during the snowy day.
A little bit later, the male showed up for a meal.
And as quickly as it came, it was gone by the end of the day. I uncovered the hyacinth bed to see they all survived the several nights of hard freeze in the mid 20s. The fragrance of these flowers was so strong as I took the sheet off. Heavenly. Hyacinths really do feed the soul.
A few days later with the sun to warm the plants, they were growing taller and coming out even more.
The hydrangea is waking up now. I don’t see any buds though, and wonder if it will bloom this year.
Last fall I planted 155 bulbs, mostly crocus and daffodils. The daffodils are coming up, but not nearly the number I planted. I wonder if the squirrels got some. One clump has the orange centers. There are 6-7 bulbs producing leaves but not all are producing flowers. Perhaps I just need to wait a while as there do appear to be more buds coming up.
These are in the lower part of the island in the driveway, a variety that is all yellow.
Up in the planter box next to the hyacinths, this double daffodil is really unusual! Creamy outer petals have apricot centers.
The purple crocus blooms came out at the same time. There are a few white ones in the bed, along with the darker purple and my favorite variegated. I put these in the iris bed, between the iris rhizomes so the bed would have a longer blooming time. I need to clean the leaves out of there, now that the freeze has passed.
The azalea buds have some dark spots. I am afraid the freeze got them again this year. I’ll have to wait until April to find out.
The turkeys are back too, after an absence of a couple of weeks. It is mating season for them, and the male is working hard to show how wonderful he is, fluffing and strutting.
The color of the crocuses is so vibrant, I am delighted that they are coming up nicely. This is a close up of that variegated one.
I know spring is on the way now, and I hope we are done with the snow and the snap freezes. Our area is so pretty in spring, bursting with flowers. This year, though, the cherries bloomed too early, and the forsythias were cut short by the late March freeze and snow. But the real show is yet to come, with the azaleas and rhododendrons usually blooming in April.
What is going on in your garden?