That's the way our March is predicted to end this year.
I feel almost guilty putting that in black & white when I know half the country has been unseasonably cold.
For once, not our half!
The gardens are responding to the days of sun and warmth.
Erupting into bloom.
Every week more Narcissi dot the beds with patches of color, filling in the landscape & erasing the winter brown.
Above: Narcissi 'Goblet'
Above: Narcissi 'Ice Follies' lit by evening sun and (below) Narcissi 'Mount Hood:'
One of my favorites with it's long, elegant, creamy trumpet.
Earlier bulbs have already finished blooming,
like Eranthis hyemalis ~ the Winter Aconites (above.)
Hellebores are at their peak now, above: 'Kingston Cardinal' with 'Phoebe' in the background.
'Kingston Cardinal' is another double but darker than 'Phoebe' & without any spotting.
Below: A longer view of 'Phoebe'
After two years of having my focus diverted, this spring I've been trying to make up ground.
Above: Hyacinth 'Firelights'
It would be cheesy to equate the time spent to the industriousness of bees.
But I feel a kinship. Pruning. Raking. Readying....
This year I want to stay in front of the chores and not lag behind.
Above: Leucojum 'Gravetye Giant'
We know all too well how hard it is to catch up from the latter.
Above: Amaryllis 'Double Dream'
Once the garden takes off, there's no slowing it down.
So exciting to be on that verge.
This week, the city begins weekly pick-ups of our yard waste cart ~ a real signal of the season.
Mine is FULL! No surprise there!
I'm planning to break a bit from outdoor chores the next few days & catch up elsewhere.
Unless the roses call my name too loudly, begging to be pruned! They are next on my list....
What's on yours?????