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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Garden Awakening. March 2012. Zone 7b

Although it's still cool and wet here in the Pacific Northwest, it's time to get into the garden!
Daffodils, helleborus, brunnera and primulas are blooming. Soon, I'll cut down the fern's bracts to encourage new leaves' growth. Slug bait was applied since I saw damage caused to primulas by them.
My hydrangeas decided to multiply themselves. Several lower branches that touched the ground gave roots. I'll let then grow a bit, and then I will move the baby plants to a new place. The most difficult task in this breeding for me is to actually find available space.

It looks like a Helleborus is now a must in every garden. It's so interesting. Do you remember, several years ago, many of us hadn't even heard about it?
At last, I cut down the tall dry Joe Pie Weed stalks. They decorated my winter garden pretty well! I plan to put them on the very bottom of a new bed.
Berberis can be seen from afar thanks to its beautiful color:
I can't imagine my garden without Euphorbia. Beautiful, tough and what's important for me - easy!
A new addition to my garden: peony Coral Charm. I fell in love with it after seeing it in Frankfurt's Palmen Garden:
This is the biggest surprise in my garden, an artichoke. In February, I saw this:
I grow artichoke only for decoration. The plant looked good in late fall. But, I never thought it'd love the cold temperature so much!

Columbine is among the first perennials to show up in spring. I love its leaves!
Another berberis. I need to protect this one with a tomato cage because last spring all the new growth was eaten by a rabbit.
This garlic grows among perennials to deter pests. Fresh green leaves are good in salads and soups. Healthy!
Isn't it beautiful?
Another tough plant  is daylily. I dug out a huge clump in fall, divided it and planted some parts in new places. These parts were left, since I didn't find space for them. I thought they'd die during the winter, and I'd send them to a compost pile. Not so! With their roots exposed, they are alive and well!
Poppy and allium. Spread, spread, spread!
Oh, how I'm glad to see this! It's my new Eremurus. Last summer, after showing some nice foliage but no blooms, it died down. I thought it was gone for good. Well, look at it! I hope it'll bloom this summer!
Black currant is a connection to my Russian heritage where it's a staple in every garden.
Its leaves can make your tea aromatic and enrich it with vitamin C.
It's time to divide daisies, although I should admit that a big mass of white daisies looks stunning in the middle of summer.
Roses are well... as long as a deer is far away!
Allium! Oh, I love seeing them multiplying!
I just finished cleaning this bed of hydrangeas and Japanese aralia. The Japanese aralia was moved here from another place where it suffered after the snow fell from the roof. , Honestly, it looked ugly and almost dead. Look at it now - a wonderful healthy plant!
This saxifrage didn't waste any time. It increased, probably, four times  in size.
Its fresh growth looks wonderful!

These two 'help' me to trim bushes:

We had snow and hail here yesterday. I hope this is the last of the bad weather.

***Copyright 2012 TatyanaS


  1. yes really spring :)

  2. I believe your gardens look beautiful in every season! I just love seeing all the emerging (new) growth. A couple of my hydrangeas rooted like that too.

  3. All that fresh new growth is a wonderful sight after winter!

  4. Congrats on the return of your Eremurus! It's so heartening to see stuff return that we thought might not have survived. Do your daisies have ugly legs? Mine do, and I need to figure out how to hide them.

    1. Alison, have you ever tried to pinch their tops to make them shorter? I don't know if it's OK with daisies. If not, I'd plant some shorter plants in front of them.

  5. I am hoping some of my hydrangeas will multiply like yours!! I may have to divide my daisies after seeing yours....and this is the second year for them! (or not)
    Every time I see your Fatsia I want one. Mayyyyyybbbbbeeeee this year!!

  6. I look at your photos with eager eyes, searching for spring in your post. And I got it! Thanks for sharing what is still only a distant memory for us "new to this climate gardeners."

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

  7. It's always nice to see the fresh new growth in the spring. Garden's looking lovely as always!

  8. Oh, isn't spring so exciting! Just seeing those new little shoots are like little presents - but we have to wait for the opening! I guess the anticipation is what is partly what is so wonderful about spring!

  9. Well, thank you for the garden tour ! I enjoyed the green buds an every leaf. Beautiful !

  10. Hi Tatyana. I love your blue primroses. How pretty.Well look at all of those new hydrangeas you are going to have. I will have to try to lay down some branches on mine to see if they do the same thing. I remembered that Coral Charm Peony that you pictures last year and have one on order. I will enjoy your blooms until mine is big enough to bloom.You have a lot of new growth in your garden now. Have a wonderful week.

  11. Your garden looks lush and lovely - so nice to see all that fresh green emerging foliage. You are miles ahead of me in Wisconsin, but we are seeing signs of spring growth as well. Hooray!

  12. Wow. Those are some beautiful pictures. They make me feel like spring is just around the corner!

  13. Tatyana - what wonderful pictures! Isn't it exciting to see those little green shoots in the spring! I appreciate your idea of interspersing garlic between plants. I'm going to try that.

    1. Astrid, I don't even buy garlic from nurseries. I just use the same garlic that we buy for cooking. If it gets soft, I throw it in the garden.

  14. Lovely garden bursting from winter into spring! I just planted society garlic for the white/green variegation of the one I chose. I should plant my kitchen garlic.

  15. Hi! I just love seeing your garden and in this post I realized we have many of the same plants! Although, mine are not as far along as yours I see tiny hints of life in many of them. I don't have coral charm anymore but I grew it when I lived in PDX and when I moved to PA I took it with me. But, when I moved from PA I left it behind. Ha, ha! Plant crazy! I only wish I could get a hydrangea to do what yours did! I'm just hoping the two I planted last year made it through the winter and same for eremurus. Thank you for the update of your beautiful garden.

    1. Andrea, do you have any Coral Charm pictures on your blog? I'd like to see them! As for hydrangeas, do you want to try to bend one of the branches and cover it with soil?

  16. Tatyana, I always enjoy seeing photos of your lovely yard! I think you must live in hydrangea Heaven. My poor hydrangeas have to be babied along in my hot dry climate, but I do love them. And I'm astounded that your atichoke has done so well in a cold climate. I shoiuld be able to grow them here but have failed. Happy Belated Bloom Day!

  17. lovely everywhere Sandy

  18. You have a lot going on in your gardens already. I love the newness we find in the gardens this time of year. When the plants come peeking out from the soil we know that the pretty blooms will be here soon. The weather has been crazy this year hasn't it. Love your little garden helpers there. They are so much company. Buddy likes to be near me too while I work.

  19. I know just what you mean, I only heard of hellebores by reading other garden blogs. Now I love them! Sorry about the snow. We've already had summer weather, isn't it odd?


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