|March 2015 Garden|
This is not your ordinary March. March came in like a lion with snowfall on the first, followed by winter storm Thor on the fifth. With more snow storms than I can keep track of totaling 56.6 inches, record low temperatures and snow still embracing the landscape, spring initially seemed to be so far away.
|March 2015 Snowy Garden after Winter Storm Thor|
|March 2015 Garden Thaw|
Then…we set the clocks ahead for daylight savings time on the 8th. It felt like at that moment the landscape started its thaw, with temperatures rising above freezing and into the mid to upper 40’s, as if Mother Nature was saying "Enough already...It’s time!” For the first time in months the grass was visible again and all that was buried in a blanket of white started to appear.
|March 2015 Garden|
Along with the thaw came the wildlife. A Blue Jay visitor perched on a tree outside the kitchen window and then eight geese landed on our lawn as they were lured in by the only patch of green grass exposed through the snow. Cardinals, mockingbirds, sparrows and other birds became more visible as they come out of hiding into warmer temperatures to join the juncos.
|Blue Jay Visitor|
The Canada geese visitors stayed for hours on the property enjoying the only patch of exposed lawn.
A very determined squirrel was entertaining as he did yoga stretches trying to get to the feeder for a bite.
|First Sign of Daylilies|
and the very first signs of growth from lilies emerged.
|Nandina domestica Berries March|
|First Sign of Hyacinth|
The next day the first Hyacinth buds appeared...
|Pussy Willow Catkin March|
and I was able to get close enough to the Weeping Pussy Willow to see the first real catkins getting ready to open.
|Sedum First Spring Rosette Appears|
They were followed my Sedum rosettes appearing from the ground. Each day has been an adventure to see what was going to appear next.
|Holly Berries March|
Did I mention how much I love spring and all the joy of watching the very first buds sprout from their dormant sleep? I can't wait to see what will appear tomorrow.
|Garden Gal Happy!|
|Spring 2015 Has Arrived!|
It was a long wait but spring has finally sprung in my Long Island Garden. The unbearable snow and cold of winter only made the first arrival of life even more appreciated and I am pleased to share the very first signs of spring with you. Thank you to Carol at May Dreams Gardens who makes it possible for us to have blooms on the 15th of every month with her meme Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and Pam at Digging for hosting Foliage Follow-Up. I am also linking with some other wonderful hosts and hostesses at Creative Country Mom's Tuesday Garden Party, Today's Flowers, Floral Fridays, Mosaic Monday at Lavender Cottage, I Heart Macro, Macro Monday 2, and Nature Notes at Rambling Woods. I hope you enjoyed the transformation. Happy spring (in just five days) or fall to our southern hemisphere friends.
And As Always...Happy Gardening!
Author: Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening, © Copyright 2015. All rights reserved