Like just about everywhere else, spring has come very early to this neck of the woods. Our winter was extremely mild and most of March we’ve had temperatures in the 70s and 80s. It’s ridiculous! Kind of nice, but I miss the transitional weather. I’m a fan of temps in the mid-50s to mid-60s and while we had quite a few days in that range during the so-called winter, I hope next year we have a more traditional spring season.
The first week of March, all my Crocus came up and most of them bloomed almost immediately.
Eventually I would like this entire front border of the garden/yard to be filled with early bloomers. It’s still a little sparse, but they do multiply every year, so I’ll get there eventually.
There was an ant crawling around inside this bloom:
Early onset BUGS is definitely a side effect of this weird-ass weather. There were HUGE swarms of gnats out the other night as I was taking photographs. They were everywhere! Ewwwwww.
By the second week of March, all the Crocus were up and blooming:
as were other early bloomers like Reticulated Iris:
and Siberian Squill (which wasn’t quite blooming yet as of this photo):
Even though the winter was mild, it was wintery enough to destroy the mini gargoyles I accidentally left out.
OOPS. I have a little bit of clean-up left to get all the tiny pieces picked up. That’s what I get from leaving a dollar store item out in the elements, I suppose! As an aside, the chopstick I accidentally left out (used for helping Blythe stand up) was completely unblemished.
The second week of March I started picking up leaf mulch from the garden. It’s really early to do this, but I couldn’t help but want to be out in the garden, and I thought it seemed worth risking. Some of the early bloomers were having trouble poking through all the leaves (I put them on a little too heavy in some spots) and I wanted to free them.
There were also a number of plants starting to sprout under the leaves and it was so neat to see them all green (or in some cases all white due to lack of exposure to the sun – even neater! I love science.) when I unburied them.
Here are some Lamb’s Ears ‘Helene Von Stein’ in the process of being uncovered:
and a week or so later:
By this, the third week of March, the Purple Wintercreeper is going crazy-go-nuts! It budded out earlier in the month and now it’s been growing super fast. It’s really filling in under the red maple tree this year:
The Poppy Anemones are starting to almost bloom now, too.
The Sedum is sprouting, too. I just adore the way this stuff looks at all stages.
Even with last year’s now-not-so-gorgeous growth sticking out, I still like it.
The Artemisia is coming back, too:
I have a few different varieties in the front garden. That one is ‘Powis Castle’ and it’s one of my favorite plants. The ‘Silver Mound’ is also coming up all over (I have it throughout the front garden):
(That Lavender needs a haircut!)
The Vinca is blooming, too:
The blossoms on this plant may be tiny, but they are stunning! I feel like these photos look ‘shopped for color enhancement, but they aren’t. The flower color is just that intense!
The Russian Sage is also sprouting teeny tiny leaves!
Are those not adorable?
It doesn’t look like a whole lot at this stage, but the garden is really coming along.
I think that this year I will have more fully or near-fully developed plants than babies, for the first time. I’m really excited to see how it progresses through the next few months!