|March 2016 Garden|
Spring is in the air as temperatures rise into the 50's and 60's and blooms start to appear in the landscape. Last year at this time the gardens were covered under a blanket of snow, so what a difference a year makes. After a very unpredictable winter with record highs and lows and a few significant snow storms, spring is arriving early and is now full speed ahead. It's time for another Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and Foliage Follow-Up, so come along with me on a tour of my Long Island garden. Get ready to see some early blooms!
|Temperatures are Rising!|
Just this past week the weather has been dry and mild, and my Knock Out Roses are pushing out new growth a month ahead of time. Since some rainy days are in the forecast, I have been out in the garden pruning, as the new shoots on the roses are calling that it is time. March can be a very unpredictable month, but it looks like a continuous warming trend is in the future.
Pruning Roses Already!
|Hellebore 'Shooting Star'|
Along the north side of the property, Hellebore 'Shooting Star' hasn't needed any type of maintenance. It is a reliable and hardy winter blooming perennial which I have been enjoying over the last two winter seasons. This one has been blooming since early January, and is still going strong!
|Nandina domestica Berries|
Alongside Hellebore 'Shooting Star' is Nandina domestica, which is showing its bright red berries that form in late fall. It is one of the highlights in the late winter-spring garden.
|Hens and Chicks|
Outside by the back patio, these Hens and Chicks in a ceramic planter have fared nicely. I did bring them inside into the garage during the plummeting zero degree temperatures we experienced last month, but they are back outside now and doing well.
Surprise...surprise! Here are the first blooms of the season and just in time for Bloom Day! I have been planting more spring blooming bulbs around the property over the past few years, and they have been such a delightful addition to the gardens. These yellow, purple and white crocus just opened...very early this year!
The Hyacinths are coming along right behind the crocus...
|Hyacinth Buds Already!|
displaying flower buds already. There will be lots more blooms on the way, including Daffodils and Tulips!
|Sedum 'Brilliant' Rosettes|
Sedum 'Brilliant' is such a wonderful and carefree perennial, and I look forward to its perfectly shaped rosettes that emerge above the soil in late winter into early spring.
|Allium Globemaster has Arrived!|
Almost overnight these Allium Globemaster shoots have made their appearance. Planted in the fall of 2014, they are one of the best bulbs I have ever added to the garden. They supply interest all season long, with giant purple buds that appear in late spring, turning into giant blooms for summer, followed by decorative rounded, dried seed heads that look good into fall.
A garden wouldn't be the same without the foliage of structural evergreens. There are many evergreens on the property including Montgomery Globe Spruce with its blue bottle-brush needles ...
One of my favorite deciduous trees in the property is this Salix (Weeping Pussy Willow), which brings in early spring with its soft cotton-like catkins, that burst into bright yellow puffs as the warmer temperatures arrive.
You can tell spring is just about here as the local birds search out a home to build their nest for the next generation. Every year there is a competition for who gets the Weeping Pussy Willow tree, as it provides dense branches for protection, and seems to be just the right height. It appears to be the prime real estate on the property.
Mockingbird and Sparrow-Maybe Two Families!
The dense spreading yew in the back of the property seems to come in as popular second place, along with the many other evergreens available.
March 2016 Garden
I hope you enjoyed the stroll through my March Long Island garden. Special thanks go out to our hostesses Carol at May Dreams Gardens, who makes it possible to see 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 Today's Flowers, Floral Fridays, Mosaic Monday at Lavender Cottage, I Heart Macro, Macro Monday 2, and Nature Notes at Rambling Woods. Also check out What's Blooming This Week Garden Update.
Here is my newly published book A Guide to Northeastern Gardening: Journeys of a Garden Designer (Zones 3-9) on Amazon (Published in paperback February 8, 2016).Happy spring...well almost and As Always...Happy Gardening!
You may also be interested in some of my other pages: A Guide to Northeastern Gardening Blog Facebook, Landscape Design By Lee Facebook or NE Gardening on Twitter. Each site contains articles on general gardening, timely maintenance tips and landscape design.