Good bye, Good riddance March!

Front gard Mar compr  At the end of February, I was so hopeful and excited for March to arrive.  But, for the most part, except for some exceptional basketball viewing and a lovely quick trip to Florida, it has only been a frustrating grouping of days.  Lots of rain, little sunshine.  Soggy soils, wind-battered blooms.  The crocuses and iris reticulata finally gave up, or more likely abandoned ship.  I could almost hear the few flowers that appeared shouting to their fellows, “STAY DOWN!  TAKE COVER!” You can see that our front sidewalk is flooded, and the daffodils are all bent from recent storms.   I’d go pick them, but I’d need taller boots as I’d sink deep into the mud.  It’s been too wet to bring in mulch.  But, at least there is green.  Last night, heavy downpours continued until there was a river running through the back yard.  I would have needed a boat to get to the potager.  And after that, it hailed TWICE with 1″-2″ hailstones.  I feared for all the flats I had moved to the outdoor benches, but after a quick check this morn, a few are battered, but most are okay.  (Big sigh of relief here!)  After checking the flats, I wandered about the potager snapping a few pix.

Peas sprouting Mar 17 comp  I did manage to get a little planting done in the potager mid-month (See “Daffodils mean Pea planting!”) Looking closely, you can barely see the peas emerging.  I’m surprised they didn’t all rot, as the day I planted them was the only sunny one since.

Radish Mar 17 comp  Looking closely again, you might be able to see the radishes making a double row down the center.  They are the markers for kohlrabi that are a bit slower to germinate.

Garlic Mar 17 compressed  The garlic has grown several inches and is looking very happy.  The weed to the right is also happy, but his hours are numbered…..

Shallots test fall Mar comp  The test patch of fall-planted shallots are showing new growth, too.  I wasn’t certain we could plant them in fall here, so I did a small test.  After such a mild, short winter, I’m not sure this result can ensure future success if we’d have a normal winter.  About 2/3 of them came through so far, but those that have are looking good, so it’s probably worth chancing again.

Strawberry Mar 2017 compressed  The strawberry leaves are beginning to green.  And the rhubarb has grown a lot since last month. Rhubarb March 2017 compressed

Otherwise, I won’t bore you with photos of bare ground with bits of green sulking here and there in other gardens.  First hellebore 2017  There is finally a hellebore in bloom, and although it’s not a great beauty, compared to those other bloggers have posted much earlier, I’m thrilled to see it.  Fairy Mar comp  And a few Tete a Tete daffys emerged in the Fairy Garden.  I haven’t even bothered to try to put the fairy houses back, because the slope is so very muddy.

Forsythia 2017 compressed  Happily, the baby forsythia that I covered with blankets night after frozen night to save its buds is beginning to flower, joined by a couple of daffodils that I planted last fall, that are NOT the orange trumpeted ones I ordered. 😦  A few perennials are poking up in tentative fashion, but others have obviously rotted (gaillardia, hollyhocks, dianthus mostly.)

So, my chitted potatoes languish indoors still; the seeding is falling badly off schedule.  The basement is filled with plants and even more to be transplanted into pots, but until I can plant the early batches into the potager beds (fava beans, sweet peas, aspa-broc, broccoli, cabbages, etc.) there is not space on the outdoor benches or in the greenhouse for more flats.

Here’s hoping April brings more sunshine, but our forecast is rain for 7 out of the 9 next days.  Not a promising start…..

Thanks to Helen, The Patient Gardener, for suggesting this end of the month meme.

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About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.
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22 Responses to Good bye, Good riddance March!

  1. sholmes8386 says:

    We have had similar weather. Praying for sunshine here too.
    Take care and think sun☀️☀️☀️☀️

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  2. I agree–good riddance to a very disappointing month. April just has to be better……….

    Love all your blooms. I’m still battling sleet, freezing rain , and snow showers so being able to admire other’s gardens is a big plus. Thanks for sharing

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    • carolee says:

      It is hard not to be jealous of those having delicious weather, when we have so much gloom. But, surely more sunshine will arrive, and amazingly, the plants don’t seem to mind nearly as much as I! It is however, April showers…bring May flowers time, so probably more rain coming. Grass is certainly green now, but far too muddy to mow!

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  3. I’m so grateful for your posts and the news of what’s going on in your gardens. Mostly for the joy you share about them. I’ve been in the middle of very large projects that are competing for my limited time and attention. I keep up with the gardens out of desperation, but there is little joy these days. You remind me that each flower is a chance to slow down, breathe and enjoy the potential. Thanks.

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    • carolee says:

      You are very welcome. It has taken me a long, long time to reach the stage where I do attempt to take time to really observe the beauty and richness around me. I think being in business made me develop severe tunnel vision. It was always “How will the customer view this? Will they like/buy that?” Now, I appreciate all the things I missed so very much…especially time to actually enjoy what I’m doing! It was lovely of you to take time to comment.

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  4. It’s nice to see some green in your garden. I fear mine is another 2-3 weeks out. Calling for another 3-5 inches of snow overnight. 😦

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    • carolee says:

      Everytime it snows, I think, “Surely this is the last one…” We gardeners are filled with hope. There is green lurking under that snow, so keep smiling.

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  5. It all looks beautiful. We finally got a couple days of sun here. I hope you start to see it more also.

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  6. My gardens are a little behind yours. We’ve had similar weather and I’m glad to She April in view…hoping for nicer weather.

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  7. bcparkison says:

    I think your things are coming along pretty well. Of course Easter is still a few weeks away and that could mean more cooler temps. I just can’t get myself out there to plant anything. At least the lemon tree came through and is blooming.

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    • carolee says:

      My lemon tree is blooming as well, in a pot of course. I’m still keeping it indoors at night, and outside on warmer days. Things are progressing, just not nearly as quickly or nicely as last year, so I’m getting impatient! THanks for the encouraging comment.

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  8. cavershamjj says:

    Afraid it’s been fabulous spring weather here for the last week or so. Have the opposite problem, the ground is beginning to dry out a bit, felt obliged to give the pots and clematis a good soak this evening. Hope you get some drier weather soon. You could send some rain over the Atlantic, but you can keep your hailstones, they sound damaging…

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    • carolee says:

      You know, it is very comforting to know that someone is having great weather and thus beautiful gardens. Makes me believe that my turn will be coming…..Thanks for the good wishes. Would send rain, but shippers are so picky about sending liquids…..Hailstones are very unpleasant, although I was surprised (and thankful!) at how little they damaged the flats of plants. A few cut leaves, a few bent stems, lots of soil splashed out of the pots and little craters left behind as evidence, but otherwise all is well.

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  9. You are definitely ahead of me. I can’t imagine planting that much. I love the pink flower.

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  10. jane says:

    I so feel for you! Last year we had endless rain throughout these spring months. This year we’re having lots of lovely sunshine. Good to be reminded that wherever you are in the world you never know what to expect!

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  11. Margy Lutz says:

    I pulled the last of my winter carrots and beets. The bugs didn’t leave me much. Now I have to get the soil ready for spring planting is the weather ever starts to cooperate. – Margy

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    • carolee says:

      I’ve never tried overwintering beets. Maybe this fall, if I get ambitious enough to construct a polytunnel over a bed or two. Continued rain here, so planting is still at a halt, and now SNOW is a possibility again. Have to keep telling myself…it’s only April, it’s only April.

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