Welcome! It is mid-March and spring arrives in just under a week. The month of March came in like a lion with snow flurries and winds but the winter that seemed would never end is slowly disappearing with each passing day. After seven snow storms and frigid temperatures the daily temperatures have been rising up into the 40's and 50's and the ground is defrosting. Surprisingly temperatures plummeted once again into the 20's right before Bloom Day but there are evident signs of the changing seasons. The birds have come out of hiding and the first robins have arrived. Life is gradually coming back into the landscape and it will be spring at last! Come along and take a walk with me in my Long Island garden.
The first robins arrived just the other day so I had to photograph them to mark the occasion. This male robin is really flaunting his bright red color!
Hyacinths are emerging from the earth and showing their pink tipped buds that will form into blooms within the next several weeks.
The Lamb's Ear is sporting its new growth of soft fuzzy white foliage.
Here are some close ups with the new macro lens of a cone overwintered on the Blue Atlas Cedar...
and the new spring growth emerging on the Blue Montgomery Spruce.
In the backyard the white cottony Weeping Pussy Willow catkins are opening with the rising temperatures...
and the rosette-looking Sedum 'Brilliant' growth is emerging from the ground...both sure signs of spring!
The golden foliage of the 'Skylands' Oriental Spruce' is a show stopper every season of the year but seems more vibrant now when getting ready for new spring shoots.
In the backyard under the Magnolia tree is my new favorite birdbath purchased at the end of last summer. It has been a water source for the birds throughout the winter and now every morning it is a regular meeting place for robins, blue-jays and chickadees. I love to watch them flutter their wings and splatter water everywhere. I will try to get some photos of this morning ritual with my telephoto lens as spring and summer arrive!
Here are some macros of the Weeping Pussy Willow catkins...
and a pine cone on my Weeping White Pine.
In the front yard by the driveway the bark of the Coral Bark Maple glows a reddish-pink before new growth emerges. The unusually cold winter has really made the colors of this tree vibrant.
Here is a closer view of the golden hue of the Skylands Spruce. The Coral Bark Maple and Skylands are very near one another so I get a show of color all year long.
Here is another one of the arriving robins. I am assuming this one is the female. Did I mention how happy I am to see them here at last?
As spring gets closer the buds on the Star Magnolia are growing larger and will soon form into beautiful white fragrant blooms and the garden boy and girl are finally visible again after being covered in a blanket of snow for most of the winter.
Spring is such a wonderful time of the year when the garden is full of hope and slowly changes as new growth emerges day by day. Once the temperatures become seasonal spring will be in all its glory here in the northeast. Please visit our hostesses Carol at May Dreams Gardens for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and Pam at Digging for Foliage Follow-Up. Thanks to them we can enjoy blooms and foliage every month of the year. Thank you so much for touring my March garden. If you leave me a note I will know you dropped by and will be sure to visit you as well!
Happy Spring to you and As Always...Happy Gardening!
Author: Lee@A Guide To Northeastern Gardening, Copyright 2014. All rights reserved