My Garden Diary
Week of March 14, 2010 to March 20, 2010
This week was really a strange one. We have had several days of
nice warm temperatures with sunlight then it flipped back to
rainy cooler days and nights.
I have been busy picking up twigs and limbs in the yard. Stuff is
still breaking out of the trees from the ice storm. We have a two
hundred year old oak tree that looks like it might die. All last
summer it looked sick. It lost quite a few large limbs and
branches through the storm. Hope it makes it.
Well this week some of my daffodils opened up. I have several
early varieties that are just beautiful. Ice Follies a large
white daffodil with a yellow center is a great variety to plant.
They bloom earlier than the others. Standard daffodils are also
nice. They have a small bright yellow flower. I have a variety
that is tiny, not sure what the variety is but they are so cute.
They are bright yellow and have an orange center. I included a
photo of them.
Mom and I went shopping at Lowes on one of my days off and
purchased pansies and primroses. They sure were pretty. We even
got a great deal on the pansies. I planted my pansies in boxes
that hang on the front porch rail and in planters that go down
the front steps. I like pansies because they tolerate the cooler
weather well. They come in many different colors and varieties. A
smaller pansy that is nice is a Johnny Jump Up. The flowers are
smaller than the standard pansy but they have more blooms.
Primroses are nice as well. They have a large color range and are
early bloomers. I like them because they are perennial, which
means they come back each year. They reproduce from the roots and
can be separated in early spring or late fall by digging them up
and cutting them apart. I usually let them clump and cluster in a
My two large star magnolia bushes-trees are also in full bloom.
These are just the most beautiful and fragrant shrubs a gardener
could ever want. Before the foliage comes out medium snow white
rosette flowers that have a sweet scent cover the bush. Mine are
over thirty years old and are over ten foot tall. When I planted
them I pruned them heavily as they grew. Be sure and trim these
bushes right after they bloom off as they set the next years
blossoms in early fall.
Well everything else is looking really good. My clematis, rose
bushes, shrubs, and trees are all coming out nicely. Gary has
tilled the garden and we will be planting soon if the weather
My fingers now have blisters and tiny cuts, but what the heck at
least I am working off some of my weight I gained and the winter
Let me know how your gardens are coming or if you have any input.
I love to hear stories about gardening.
See you next week,
Ice Follies Daffodils
Unknown Mini Daffodils
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