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Thursday, March 10, 2016

In My March Garden

With spring coming early this year, my garden has awakened and shows new growth every day.
One day, I can look at some spot and it's bare. Next day, there are will be 2-inch stems with leaves at the same place! 
And, if Hosta emerging in early March isn't enough, then potatoes appearing in February are a clear sign of a premature spring!
They grow on the same spot from small tubers left in the ground. 

New Japanese Maple is a gift from a wonderful gardener.
To the right from it, the weirdly looking clamp is my Gunnera manicata. 

Two Bird Nest Spruces at the arch are new in the garden.

 The right border is getting wider and wider.
I continue to cut strips of the lawn to provide space for new plants.

 Edgeworthia papyrifera (planted in 2014)

 Dichroa fibrifuga, Hydrangea relative from China

Larix decidua 'Pendula', Weeping Larch.

 Hyacinths were bought several years ago as winter bulbs for indoor blooming.
They made it to the garden, and I can see their cheerful blooms from the house.

Mild moist winter is what moss needs!


Loyal Hellebores are blooming long and nice

 Daphne odora 'Marginata'

 Shrub panax 'Kiwi Gem'. If I want to keep it in the pot, I need to start pruning it.



 Petasites love the wet spot at the northern wall of the house.
Last year, I was able to prevent its excessive spreading by pinching its roots.
I should see if it will work this season.

 Schefflera delavayi starts showing its potential to grow big.
Soon, I'll be able to see if I chose the right spot for it.

Oriental Lilies


 Euphorbia x martinii. Love it! 

Small blooms of Grape Hyacinths are adorable. Love to watch them from our breakfast area.
The plants are actively spreading in the palm containers.

I know the dog takes all the attention in this picture, but I am actually looking at my Escallonia bushes.
They've been performing incredibly well all these years. 
Time'll come, and hundreds of bees will attack Escallonia flowers and fill the air with their non-stop buzz.

Spring chores have suddenly got almost overwhelming.
Pruning, planting, replanting, cleaning, weeding...
By the way, I predict that the weed of the year in my garden will be Shot Weed (Cardamine hirsuta). 
I see it everywhere, not only in my garden, but everywhere in the neighborhood and the town .
P.S. And yes, slugs are already here! Young, shiny, fresh from eggs.
They love my Parsley and Swiss Chard that survived the winter.

***Copyright 2016 TatyanaS


  1. Yes the slugs are out in full force,I have been using beer traps and have drowned several hundred thus far. I have a friend that gave me coltsfoot and I planted it in our ravine,I hope I never regret doing that,but the leaves are so very pretty. I hope you open your gardens again soon,I would love to see your progress with all of the new additions. Happy gardening

  2. Ah your paeonies are already so far......and I really love that pretty Edgeworthya papyrifia, which I have never seen before.

  3. Hi Tatyana, your garden looks very pretty this spring! I always love the lushness of the Pacific Northwest, so different from San Diego where I garden. How wonderful that Gunnera manicata is doing so well for your. I tried to grow Gunnera many years ago, but it didn't like my climate, which doesn't come as big surprise. Love your blue anemones! Last but now least you have a gorgeous German Shepherd there!
    Happy spring! Hope it continues as good for you as it started!
    Warm regards,

  4. WOW! I love seeing your wonderful gardens, full of colorful blooms, greenery, statuary and your happy canine.

    Happy Spring ~ FlowerLady

  5. Beautiful! I just saw Escalonia at a nursery and had no idea what it was. I may have to get one, especially if they are bee friendly.

  6. Your garden looks so pretty. I love the bunny in the first picture. I cannot wait to get and work.

  7. My garden is marching on too, faster than I can keep up. I still haven't done a bit of fall cleanup.

  8. Spring is just starting here...and I am smiling like your bunny seeing all the new growth here and in your garden!

  9. I see you are ahead of the spring curve also. Isn't it lovely? I always see so many unusual plants there in your Pacific NW garden, so different from mine.

  10. Your garden, at once classic and full of whimsy, wears spring beautifully!

  11. Thank you everyone for stopping by and leaving comments! See you on your blogs!

  12. Thanks for the lovely tour in your amazingly beautiful garden. So much to see and enjoy <3 What's the name of your german shepherd? We also have one, he moved to us last November. He's an old gentleman, he'll be nine in June and he's very good company for our two young white swiss shepherds. Oh, dogs and a garden - what else do you need?

    1. Hi Tiina! His name is Kenai (it's the name of the river in Alaska) and he is 4 years old. Our second German Shepherd, Amur, is 11 years old. You have three dogs? Wonderful!

  13. We are sharing some of the same blooms, as well as an early spring.

  14. Hi Tatyana, I enjoyed the tour. I love how you are digging out strips of grass each season. I can't do that anymore. Larry has given up as much grass as he is willing to at this point. I look forward to going out tomorrow to see what all is up. I bought some plant markers because we are going to be on a couple tours this summer. I need to see what new markers need to go up. Thanks for your comment on my blog. The two photos you mentioned are favorites of mine, too.

  15. So much loveliness happening in your March garden, Tatyana. It seems spring was early all across the country. Yes, your grape hyacinths are adorable! P.x

  16. Wow! Your garden is looking great as usual! It's so nice to have spring back, isn't it?


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