Thoughts on March Blooms

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“…Daffodils that come before the swallow dares, and take the winds of March with beauty.”  ~ William Shakespeare

In Bloom in March

Hybrid Lenten Rose
Witch Hazel
Violas
Pansies
Cherry Dogwood
Forsythia
Flowering Cabbage
Daffodils
Snow Crocuses

Are you a gardener?  Do you like to plant flowers?  I love to do the planting, but the weeds (particularly the thistle) are a chore!  Nonetheless, I always look forward to spring garden work.  It will finally feel like spring to me when small bulbs are blooming all over the side gardens and bordering our backyard. Grand Maitre crocus flowers, forsythia, and three different kinds of daffodils. When the gardens and deciduous trees remember their colors and start to bloom, everything feels radiant and welcoming! Just before this last round of snow, I saw the flowers from bulbs pushing their tops out of the garden soil. By this weekend’s end, the snow will be gone and it will be time for the early bloomers! Hurrah!

Finding annuals or biennials that bloom in early spring is not as difficult as you might think! Take a stroll in your local garden center where the plants that work best in your climate zone will be on sale. You most likely will find friendly pansies, violas and flowering cabbage or kale. These plants can be planted as early as mid-March to give your gardens color in early spring. Violas are hardy down to zone 3 and pansies down to zone 4. Both are found with yellow, gold, orange, purple, violet, red, white flowers.

Also, there are many perennials that will give you color as early as March. Find these in your local garden center and check with the experts there.  When you order plants through a catalog or online, you need to know your climate zone and if it is suitable for the plants you select.  Of course, for Pennsylvanians near the Philadelphia area, daffodils or even tulips can bloom as early as March.

Planting bulbs with the word “snow” in their names is a sure bet. Glory of Snow, Snow crocus, and Snowdrop grow to heights of about 5 inches. With this selection of bulbs you can “paint” your yard with blue, pink, white, gold, and purple flowers. Siberian Squill grows to about 4 inches with either blue or white flowers. Winter Aconite will reach about 4 inches and has yellow flowers. These bulbs will do well in late winter and early spring.

“The air is like a butterfly
With frail blue wings.
The happy earth looks at the sky
And sings.”
–  Joyce Kilmer, Spring

 

 

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What did you do as a child that made the hours pass like minutes?  Remember the things you did growing up that you enjoyed – maybe it was coloring, building a fort, swinging on a swing, playing cards or board games, or finding treasures outside. Try doing one of these activities today, even for a few minutes. What did you do? How did it feel?

Recently, I acquired a beautiful coloring book, very detailed, and a set of beautiful colored pencils. I have actually used this book a few times now to relax. It is very freeing, taking me back to the times my mom and I colored together, blending colors and removing the paper on the Crayola crayons so we could roll the crayon to create a different shade.

I also bought a beautiful book called Keeping a Nature Journal: Discover a Whole New Way oKeeping a Nature Journalf Seeing the World Around You by Clare Walker Leslie and Charles E. Roth. It is stunning and offers ways to get started, ideas for journaling through the seasons, and how to teach journaling to groups of all ages. I wish I had owned this book when I was facilitating a writing group for senior citizens as a community benefit provided by my school district. I am sure I will be sharing some of my nature journal entries on Slice before March is over!

Sometimes, I have this tugging urge  to play Monopoly or a game of Clue or Pictionary. Or perhaps a game of Canasta or checkers. Any takers?