The stars of my March garden were crocuses, snowdrops, and hellebore buds. The floral trio appeared when the snow began to melt during the second week of the month. March came in like a lion with a snowstorm; it went out, not exactly like a lamb, but with rain showers and warmer temperatures. I began the spring cleanup by picking up fallen branches and cutting back the grasses and some perennials. I planned to prune several shrubs, but most days were just too cold for my old bones. Spring is late, however, so I believe I have time yet.
|March came in like a lion.|
The snow brought a bluebird and his wife to the heated water dish. This winter I haven't seen as many as usual, so I was thrilled to see this pair of cuties.
|Top: Female Eastern Bluebird Bottom: Male Eastern Bluebird|
|Serenity Garden as the snow began to melt.|
After a week, the snow receded and the crocuses appeared.
I found two small, white patches of snowdrops in Serenity. They are all that remain of the five or six I planted some years back, but are welcome all the same.
|I've forgotten the name of these snowdrops|
|I saw hellebore buds in the woodland garden.|
Also, in the Woodland Walk ...
|The white pine that Duane planted last year is flourishing. I wonder who lives under the old pear tree (in the top picture).|
After we cut down the tall grasses near the pond, we could see that the weeping spruce has become very shaggy. I think it may benefit from a haircut.
You will notice that we placed a decoy heron at the side of the pond. Also, we moved the decoy owl from the kitchen garden to the other end of the pond. You will understand the reason why...
|A great blue heron has stolen fish from our pond.|
We haven't seen the heron lately, and just hope he didn't eat too many of our koi. We learned the best method of protecting fish from predators is to provide places for them to hide at the bottom of the pond. We hope they are inside the clay pipes that Duane located there. We will find out how many we have when the water becomes warmer and the fish start to eat again.
|Soon the daffodils will be blooming!|
|The broccoli in the cold frame is still surviving|
As many of you know, my sweet mini horse, Dude, died last summer. Last week we were happy to welcome Charm, another mini horse, into our family. We met him on March 17, St. Patrick's Day, so Duane calls him 'Lucky Charm.' I'm glad to say my three garden buddies are getting along. I'll post some better pictures soon.
|Billy Goat (the white one), Doodles, and Charm.|
Do visit Sarah at Down By the Sea for spring in England and some March hares.
How was your March garden this year?
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