Six on Saturday: Mar 3 ’18

March has begun very quietly here, unlike the snowstorms on the East Coast and Europe.  Basically, we are just marking time until the temperatures warm and the soil dries enough to return to the gardens.  Each time it gets close, another downpour occurs, but at least we don’t have to shovel it!   In the meantime, the moon is full and I’m enjoying watching it set with my morning cup of tea.  This photo doesn’t really do it justice at all, but you get the idea.  Moon over shed compressedIt seems huge and buttery yellow if you were here beside me.  Throughout the gardens there are signs that Spring is creeping closer.  These Tri-color crocus joined the first-blooming “Cream Beauty” that I posted recently in “Welcome Crocus!”  Blue crocus compressed 3-3-18  And in the Blue Garden, several patches of these cheerful blue dwarf iris “Gordon” are sprinkled randomly, matching the blue bench that resides there.  Dwarf Iris compressed  I’ve yet to figure out why these iris, growing in dense shade of building and trees, and therefore cold soil are weeks earlier than those in the Front Garden that get full, warming sun.  It’s another of the mysteries that keep gardening so interesting.  In the North Island, the baby lilac’s buds are swelling.  Lilac buds compressed 3-3-18  It hasn’t had too much pruning by the deer…yet!  Inside the potager’s fence, the garlic is beginning to grow,  Garlic compressed 3-3-18 forming the diagonal patterns that will be integral to the potager’s design for this season.  And these chamomile seedlings look happy and healthy.  Chamomile seedlings compressed 3-3-18  Unfortunately, they emerged in a path and will all need to be transplanted or potted, while those seeds that were sprinkled deliberately in the potager’s interior borders have failed to germinate.  Once again Mother Nature proves that she is a better gardener than I.

That’s my “Six on Saturday.”  The seeding is on schedule, the transplanting caught up so it’s just waiting, waiting for temperatures to nudge up a bit so transplants can be moved to the greenhouse and the basement space refilled.  Thanks to The Propagator for suggesting and hosting this meme.  Visit his blog to see all of those bloggers who contribute their “Six.”


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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10 Responses to Six on Saturday: Mar 3 ’18

  1. So lovely to see some signs of spring. That blue iris is lovely!

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  2. Early morning tea with the setting moon sounds so romantic ☕️🌖. I look forward to waking up early Sunday morning to a quiet time with having a cup of tea and the setting moon over our hills. Thanks for inspiration 😊

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  3. mrsdaffodil says:

    Those early flowers look like Iris reticulata, which is one of the earliest to bloom in my Northern garden. I hope mine will increase and spread as yours seem to be doing.

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  4. Camilla says:


    It is so nice to see some spring photos! 🙂 Thank you for sharing. I am longing for sun, flowers and to see things that grow again, but we have snow to the waist line (to the least!) and will have to wait perhaps another month or so.

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  5. Love those blue irises. I used to have some but they died in the snow of 2010. Time to get some more I think!

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  6. Helen says:

    Maybe your flowers in the shade are more sheltered? Funny how plants do the unexpected!

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  7. I love the blue of your Iris. What else do you have in your blue garden? A beautiful picture capturing the full moon too.


    • carolee says:

      Not a lot, it’s a very small garden in full shade, under a black walnut. Some gold hostas, Autumn Bride heuchera, primulas, grape hyacinths, variegated Solomon’s Seal…I add blue lobelia for color. It’s mainly called Blue because of the bench…which I keep intending to paint another color!

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  8. Lora Hughes says:

    Mother Nature is a better gardener than I am. This is such a validation for me. I often let the old hag have her way w/things but think I should be a little more firm w/her. Think maybe I’ll remind myself of your words next time I feel guilty for not being civilised enough. Nice Six.


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