March 2017 Garden
Heuchera ‘Caramel’ and ‘Evergold’ Sedge
|Heuchera ‘Caramel’ (Coral Bells)|
Heuchera ‘Caramel’ is showing its newer foliage much quicker in this sunnier location. The caramel colored foliage is really amazing, and as you know…it is one of my favorite perennials for all year interest!
|Hellebore ‘Shooting Star’|
|Hellebore ‘Shooting Star’|
|Hellebore ‘Shooting Star’ Bud|
|‘Crippsii’ Hinoki Cypress (Left) and Nandina ‘domestica’ (Right)|
Along on the northern side of the property with the Hellebores is Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Crippsii’ (Crippsii Hinoki Cypress). The evergreen keeps its bright golden foliage all year long, and in spring new growth is lighter in color than deeper tones within. Next to the cypress is Nandina ‘domestica’ with its bright winter berries. Nandina domestica is also known as “false bamboo” because even though the foliage resembles bamboo, it is not a member of the bamboo family.
|Nellie Stevens Berries March|
|Weeping Pussy Willow March|
|Weeping Pussy Willow Catkins March|
The outer silvery hairs that appear as catkins are actually a protective cover for the reproductive parts below. Larger male catkins and smaller female catkins form in March on the same plant and burst open later in the month, exposing yellow pollen-bearing anthers and stigmas.
|Hinoki Cypress ‘Nana’ and ‘Montgomery’ Globe Blue Spruce|
The Cardinals are welcomed guests all winter long here on Long Island. I was able to get a capture of this Cardinal along with a Sparrow in mid-flight.
There’s nothing like a little garden whimsy. This garden statue depicts a playful game of leap frog! You are getting a glimpse of it as we pass by the back secret garden.
Many of the birds that reside on the property have been carefully analyzing trees for housing, as they are anticipating building their nests for spring. I have noticed this ritual over the years and have seen a pattern of particular birds preferring certain trees. They get very territorial and tend to claim their real estate quickly!
The month of March has certainly been an interesting one. While I had already been out working in the garden during the milder days, the weekend right before Bloom Day brought about some of the coldest days of the winter, with a snowfall on the 10th.
As quickly as spring bulbs were emerging, the snow came down and covered them, insulating them a little longer from the colder temperatures on the way.
The weekend before Bloom Day brought the northeast some of the coldest days of the entire winter with wind chills of -10 to -15 below zero, and now as Bloom Day has arrived, Winter Storm Stella just slammed much of the northeast with blizzard force winds and over a foot of snow. Due to the storm shifting west, the snow on the south shore of Long Island quickly changed over to sleet and rain.
While winter gets in its final farewell, this gardener is dreaming of spring.
I hope you enjoyed your stroll through my March 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, Macro Monday 2, and Nature Notes at Rambling Woods. Also check out Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day at Creating my own garden of the Hesperides and Saturday’s Critters at Viewing Nature with Eileen.
Gardening season is on the way! Have you had a chance to check out my books? If not, you can see my author page with links to previews of both books here. The first, A Guide to Northeastern Gardening focuses on specific types of gardens with plant recommendations and maintenance tips to keep your garden looking its best. The second book, Landscape Design Combinations goes into greater detail, teaching the concepts of design, while offering a multitude of garden plans with numbering and detailed descriptions of each plant suggested. If you have read either A Guide to Northeastern Gardening or Landscape Design Combinations and found them to be useful, please consider leaving a brief review. Reviews help a book get noticed (especially when new), and I would really appreciate your help!
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