Yesterday was a lovely, still, sunny day with a high temp of 39 degrees F. We’ve actually had seven sunny days out of eight, above freezing during the day but freezing at night. A lovely start to March! I headed out to photograph a broken part on a greenhouse vent latch, which we will need to replace and was surprised to see a bit of yellow. The first blooms of 2021, and as usual provided by “Cream Beauty” crocus, arriving on March 2nd. What a very welcome surprise! I’d walked around all the gardens daily since snowmelt, and the best I could find were a few crocus tips pushing through. The “most mature” seemed to be those at the south edge of the Deck Garden so that’s where I anticipated the first blooms, but they were outpaced by these in the Potager’s Exterior Border. I’m thrilled!
Excitedly, I hurried into the potager to look for chives. They are always one of the first “new greens” to appear, and there they were, looking a bit twisted and yellowed once I removed some dead foliage, but they will change radically in only a day or two. Moving on down the south interior border I spied more green.
Another reliable early riser, Lemon Balm was also showing fresh green leaves. They look large in the photo, but are actually about the size of my pinkie fingernail. I tasted a leaf, but there was very little flavor. A few more days of sunshine will change that. Seeing the lemon balm sent me searching for signs of life in the Mandarin Orange balm that I planted further down the border last spring. Did it survive its first winter?
A quick look at its neighbors was disappointing, but they will come. Across the path on the West Interior Border, the roses all had a tinge of green on their lower stems. These hollyhocks have definitely added some leaves since I saw them last.
Lots of nigella seedlings have popped through, and hundreds of chamomile babies cover the northern half of this border (lots of them will be coming out!) but there was no sign of rhubarb yet. That’s okay. I can be more patient now. There’s a new spring in my step, because Spring is definitely on the way!