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A Little White and Color in March

March 29th, 2009

A little snow in late March and it feels almost like winter again.  This was a wet, heavy snow and most of it is already melting.  I don’t think it even bothered the fruit buds, and I’m glad the day’s temperatures will be near 50 degrees F.  I just finished feeding the bees on Friday to help stimulate brood production- they should be snuggled in a warm embrace in the lower hive body, and when it warms up they can snack on a little of that sugar syrup.  Until yesterday the bees have been quite active however.  I noted that the serviceberry trees are blooming (even saw a bee on one of the flowers which answered my wondering if they used them), and the redbuds are only a few warm days away from flowering too.

  march-snowfall

But just yesterday the landscape was full of spring colors without the wet stuff. The pussy willow tree is about finished blooming now, which is over a week earlier than last year. Here are some of the flower heads just before dropping off the tree, with a little mason bee hovering about.

pussy-willow-in-bloom

March is also time for our PJM rhodedendron to bloom- this is one of my favorite plants and flower colors.  It’s often too hot and humid here for growing most azaleas and rhody’s  easily, but maybe we’ll find some shady places for a few more.

pjm-rhody

Hiking the forest boundary revealed our old friend Rue anemone blooming on the southern slopes. The rue flowers have a gentleness of color and form that reminds me of the quiet days of spring.

rue-anemone

I’m amazed how one day you don’t see anything, and the next day flowers are blooming everywhere.  Soon we’ll get a run of warm spring days and everything else will start bursting forth. Which means it’s really time to get the garden in… unlike some more productive folks, I’m feeling a little behind these days!

garden-angel

We have a little garden angel to look out for things though… This little angel is supposed to help me think of ways to put our bricks to use. As you can see, just the idea kind of makes one sleepy. Of course I’m not the only one looking for ideas about what to do with bricks, but I much prefer garden angels to guardian scorpions!

7 Responses to “A Little White and Color in March”

  1. Pabloon 29 Mar 2009 at 11:32 am

    I’ve only seen the scorpions there once, and I’ve been back to look a few times. I’m sure of what I saw, but as I said in my post, its markings didn’t match any scorpion that should have been found in Missouri. I’ll let the legend build.

  2. R. Shermanon 29 Mar 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Fortunately, my Japanese Plum leafed out before last night. Last weekend though, a local bee colony discovered it and my front porch sounded like a buzz-saw with all the activity. I don’t know where the bees come from. No one in a within a mile keeps them. They must have a super secret hive out in the woods across the road from my house.

    Cheers.

  3. Beauon 30 Mar 2009 at 9:18 am

    Pablo- Legend it is… maybe you’ve discovered something!

    R.S.- I need to find a Japanese Plum for the bees! Most bee research indicates they routinely travel up to 2 miles in search of pollen/nectar, with some trips of even greater distances. But I’ll bet you’re right about a forest hive, or someone who put a hive or two on some property in the area.

  4. pamelaon 31 Mar 2009 at 7:14 am

    All winter I envy my NJ kids their snowfall; I don’t appreciate it quite as much when it falls once I’m in gardening mode. Happily, easy come easy go, and back to gardening.

  5. Beauon 31 Mar 2009 at 9:58 am

    Pamela- Me too… and everything is so soggy now that I’m hesitant to plant!

  6. Sageon 31 Mar 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Beautiful photos–spring is further along down there!

  7. Beauon 01 Apr 2009 at 7:56 am

    Sage- It really is, I’m amazed at the differences. I never really appreciated that difference quite as much until “seeing” different places at the same moments in time like this.

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