Six on Saturday – Spring Has Arrived – March 16, 2017

Thunderstorms were predicted for Friday afternoon. It’s now 5:00 and I suppose we could still get some rain, but I’m hoping not. I walked around the garden in my Sloggers because the standing water is gone. Things are still very muddy, but the garden is coming alive. A neighbor’s tree was full of noisy grackles, but I didn’t mind. It was over 70 degrees and I was outside without a coat, hat and gloves.

On the Eastern Shore March 17th is the day the ospreys return to their nests. We’re all watching.

  1. Daffodils are blooming — the tiny Tete a Tetes and another somewhat larger daffodil. In another part of the yard a different variety has some opening blooms.

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2. The hellebores are stunning, even if you have to get on your knees to really see them. Lots of babies coming up. Does anyone know… do they cross pollinate? If it stays dry, I can get into that bed and clear out the winter damaged leaves. The epimedium next to the hellebores needs to be sheared. This bed was shady before we took out the river birch. I’ll be interested to see how everything does with more sun. The crepe myrtles should give them some shade.

3.  In another section of the garden the stump of the river birch clump is waiting for me to make the metal hoop sculpture to sit on top. One of the SoSers suggested I include one one of the big leaf castings in the sculpture. I’ll post a photo when I get it finished. I thought it interesting that the river birch stump is weeping. I know it will sprout up again.

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4. Nearby a bird house is waiting for occupants. I found it at a garage sale for a quarter. I need to measure the hole to see what kind of birds might use it.

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5. In a window box of herbs the tarragon looked dead but when I poked around I found green shoots.

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6. My azaleas are full of buds but I won’t know if the buds were cold blasted for another two months.

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That’s my Six on Saturday, photos this week of my waterlogged garden coming alive. The SoS meme was started by The Propogator, a UK gardener.  This is the link to the rules if you’d like to join in.

17 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – Spring Has Arrived – March 16, 2017

  1. Azaleas start to bud here too. I can’t wait to see them bloom, especially a new one that I grow as bonsai.
    ! Seeing your tarragon, I thought it didn’t like cold winters. How do you protect it in the winter? I had one for 2 years but died despite a thick cover of pine needles. I have not tried yet with a new …

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  2. Love those tete a tete daffs, mine have been flowering for weeks and give so much pleasure. I also grow French tarragon and that doesn’t usually survive the winter, but I noticed some new shoots recently, whether they will survive the recent gales I don’t know! Look forward to seeing the sculpture 🙂

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  3. I just wrote about how the European white birches were bleeding just after I pruned them. I seriously wanted to prune them before the sap started to run. How embarrassing! If they are already bleeding there, the sap must have been running here for a while.

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