Sunday, March 26, 2017

End of March, 2017

“POOR MARCH
It is the HOMELIEST month of the year. Most of it is MUD, Every Imaginable Form of MUD, and what isn't MUD in March is ugly late-season SNOW falling onto the ground in filthy muddy heaps that look like PILES of DIRTY LAUNDRY.” 
― Vivian SwiftWhen Wanderers Cease to Roam: A Traveler's Journal of Staying Put

Vivian Swift put it very well. March is the ugliest month in zone 6B Massachusetts. It's freezing here and I think the perennials are as fed-up as I am. They are trying their best to break ground but the earth isn't having it.


Tulips have barely broken ground when something has eaten them. 


Pulmonaria

I'm not sure because this is a new plant and I'm terrible at mapping where I put plants, but I think this is a Peony.

The Mountain Mint has been above ground for a while but, wisely, not growing.

Another new plant. It may be a Lily.

Daffodils

Daffodils that budded and then it snowed.

Columbine is breaking ground here and there.
I think I'm obsessed. Someone on FaceBook, who was looking at my garden photos, asked how many different flowers I had....a lot....I have a lot....that's all I'm sayin'! 
This past Autumn, I enlarged to the woodland garden and planted Fritillary, Lilies, Jacob's Ladder and Cyclamen. 
In the big garden, I added Drumsticks, a Karl Rosenfield Peony, Asian Lilies, Canterberry Bells and a red Gaillardia. It's so much fun to see them come up for the first time.
Here's to kicking Old Man Winter in the pants!
Happy Gardening,
Sally

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wildflower Wednesday


"If you don't like the weather in New England now, just wait a minute."
Mark Twain

It's snowing off and on here in zone 6b Massachusetts and a bit early for wildflowers so, I'm posting pictures of wildflowers in our wooded lot from last Spring.


It's a jungle! you can see skunk cabbage, wild grasses and violets.
Mystery flower. Can anyone tell me what it is? I'm sure I knew at one time!


Fiddleheads

Another fern unfurling
Jewelweed or Wild Impatiens


Canadian Mayflower

Gnarly branch

White Violet

Emerging Skunk Cabbage

Skunk cabbage unfurling
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Dandelion and Violet

Wild Violet that lives by the brook in swampy water.



It was in the 50's F yesterday and is snowing off and on today. It's a rollercoaster for this gardener who it itchin' to dig in the dirt!

Happy Gardening,
Sally

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring is Here....Technically

 "What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness."     
John Steinbeck


March 20, 2017 is just another cold day here in zone 6b SE Massachusetts. The first day of Spring or  The Vernal Equinox and is, according to dictionary.com, "the time when the sun crosses the plane of the earth's equator, making night and day 
of approximately equal length all over the earth. " Unfortunately, or fortunately, we get weather from many directions. The North....Canada, the Northwest, Great Lakes area, East, Atlantic Ocean and South, Southern States. That's not a complete list...it's more complicated than that. Modern meteorology has taken a lot of the guess work out of weather prediction but, NE weather has it's twists and turns. It was predicted that today would be in the 50's F but is actually in the 30's F.  So much for melting snow.  :(

There have been such high winds that the obelisk has fallen over. I set it up one time and it fell again so there it stays until better weather. It's quite heavy so, I was surprised that it fell. We will have to come up with a way to anchor it to the ground.

Frozen tundra! The planter looks so forlorn and the patio is empty and cold

So much for the birdbath! 

The woodland garden

Campion and  Iris that probably wish they had waited a while longer.
Can you tell I'm itching to get out there and dig in the dirt?? In the meantime, I'll whine and look at gardening catalogs!

Wishing you happy gardening dreams, 
Sally

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Pictures of Past May Gardens

A little something to keep my spirits up through wild, unpredictable March. I may have to reminisce through most of April, as well. New England weather!!


This Miniature Iris is the first Iris to bloom in the garden.

Lovely Coreopsis

You never know where Johnny-Jump-Ups are going to pop up.


This Wild Veronica comes up in thick mats. I pull up masses of them before they go to seed.

Candytuft is so unique and incredibly beautiful.

Cinquifoil is a wonderful flash of color when the garden really needs it.
I struggled with Orange in Spring but I've grown to love it.

Pansies.....a Spring must!

I love the pink and blue of Pulmonaria blossoms.

I can't remember the name of these pretty blue flowers.

Aren't Forget-Me-Nots fabulous???


As the time gets closer, it's so hard to wait for growing season. Last fall, I extended the woodland garden and added some Hellebore, Fritillaries and a couple of different kinds of Lilies. It will be great to see them bloom.
In the big garden , I planted Asian Lilies, a red Peony, Canterberry Bells and Drumsticks. I'm really interested to see how the Drumsticks look. They're very tall and when they spread, a large group is eyecatching.
Sometime in April, a hardy climbing red rose bush should be arriving. I've wanted one for a while. It will really add height to the big garden along with the Canterberry Bells and Drumsticks.
Such fun thinking about it!
What are your gardening thoughts in March?

Wishing you happy gardening dreams,
Sally

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Waiting....Impatiently

Winter and Spring are battling one another here in zone 6b Massachusetts and most of New England according to the weather reports. One day it's warm....it actually was 70F one day last week. Then the wind picked up and the temperatures dropped. We had snow and more high winds. The temperature is hovering around 15F at night and the 20's during the day. This is torture for this flowerbed gardener. I've been poring over the plant and seed catalogs as well as my pictures of gardens past.

A pristine sky on a very cold day. 

A young red tail hawk waiting out last Friday's snow storm in a Maple tree in our back yard.

High winds knocked over a lot of trees in our area. This tree, in our wooded lot,  was ready to come down.
We are in for a Nor'easter on this coming Tuesday and Wednesday. Because of the time of year, it should melt fast and, hopefully, raise the ground water level. Poor man's fertilizer!

Wishing you happy garden dreams,
Sally