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. It 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!” And in the Blue Garden, several patches of these cheerful blue dwarf iris “Gordon” are sprinkled randomly, matching the blue bench that resides there. 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. It hasn’t had too much pruning by the deer…yet! Inside the potager’s fence, the garlic is beginning to grow, forming the diagonal patterns that will be integral to the potager’s design for this season. And these chamomile seedlings look happy and healthy. 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.”