Wednesday, March 7, 2018

First Week of March

The first week of March has been up and down weather wise. I am not complaining though because there are flashes of color in the garden now. I just have to get out to look at it. 
The hellebores have been happy with the turbulent weather. They don't care if the sky is blue or grey. They open and show their pretty faces. 
All of these are well established. Nothing much in the line of weather will deter them once they decide it is time to bloom. 
This white hellebore is a new one. I didn't purchase it. It just appeared. What a nice surprise. 

There has even been a bee or two in the garden. Now this really makes it feel like spring...
As do the crocus popping up in the lawn. 
There are promises of more blooms to come.
While in the garden yesterday I found a tiny surprise. This little surprise couldn't have made me happier. It is the promise of a new beginning for my tree peony. Last year it seemed to die. The harsh dry summer was just too much for it. So I cut it to the ground thinking I would dig it out later. I never got around to doing that. Happily it appears that it will come back. I will have to wait to see what is going on with it. Keeping my fingers crossed.
Have you found any surprises in your garden yet this year?



33 comments:

  1. Well color me green and call me envy~ what beautiful colorful faces they have. We still have snow.

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    1. Poor Lady. I do know how you feel. We have chances of snow today. It won't last long but still, I am done with snow.

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  2. A couple of years I have had major die back on my tree peony and it came back so hopefully yours will, too. How lovely to have some green grass and flowers. The snow here is pretty but I can't wait for it to disappear.

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    1. I hope you are right about the tree peony Linda. I was so discouraged by the end of summer last year.

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  3. Lisa girl you are ahead of me still .. we had snow today and it will happen for a few more days. I had lush green leaves(hellebore) when we had a tease of Spring weather a couple of weeks ago. But now ? LOL ..
    I am so HAPPY for you girl with finding that amazing touch of life to your tree peony : ) that is precious and I would be over the moon about it to.
    Well done you ! because I think you saved that plant by taking the stress levels, conserving the main plant,and leaving life in the root to come back and grow again for you.
    I can't wait to see how it does ! BIG *SMILE*

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    1. We are back in the deep freeze Joy. The snow clouds passed over yesterday but didn't leave any in the garden. Just cold wind. Yes, I can't tell you how happy I was finding that bit of life in the Peony tree. I can't wait to see how it does too. I will keep you posted.

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  4. Wonderful hellebore Lisa. What a nice time in your garden!
    Happy Women's day!

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  5. Thank goodness for these winter bloomers that cheer us with the hope of the spring to come. What sweet surprises in your garden!

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  6. I feel like everything popping up in the garden is a sweet surprise. Happiness is...

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  7. Beautiful floral shots! Gorgeous ~

    Snow again in MA ~ ready for Spring ~

    Happy Week to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. And a happy weekend to you too Carol.

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  8. Oh, congrats on the Tree Peony! All my "surprises" are once again covered with snow, but I know that won't last for long. I'll let you know when growing things start making more appearances. :)

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    1. Thank you Beth. Your surprises will be coming soon. Had our first hosta appear today.

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  9. This week has been pretty good here. Last week it was below freezing, but the Nasturtiums are starting to come up, so maybe spring isn't too far away. Lovely photographs.

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    1. Thanks John. Nasturtiums! You are ahead of us here John.

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  10. Very nice selection of Hellebores!

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  11. Thanks for commenting again ~

    Happy Weekend to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  12. Beautiful hellebores! I'm surprised anything is blooming that far north right now. Must be a real treat to see these lovely colors so early in the year.

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    1. It is a thrill to go out and see anything blooming especially this time of year.

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  13. So happy your tree peony returned this year! I am thrilled that my peonies, planted two years ago, are coming up and already have buds. I am surprised you have seen a bee already. I haven't seen any bees in my garden yet, but with all the blooms we have now, I think they must be out there. I especially like your red hellebore. Two years ago I bought some (not in bloom) that claimed to be red, but they are actually greenish pink - pretty but not what I expected.

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    1. Thanks Deb, I hope my tree peony thrives and not just hangs on. It hasn't been happy the past couple of years with too much drought here at the end of summer. I have been disappointed several times with pots marked with the wrong color for blooms. My peony tree is one of them. It was supposed to be yellow and the bloom is as pink as it can be. I didn't take it back because it seemed so healthy I thought I would go with it.

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  14. Beautiful hellebores Lisa. I love the white.
    Lovely image of it.
    Saw a couple of queen bumbles in the garden and lots of honey bees.
    I am a happy woman.

    Hope your tree peony does well. Look forward to hearing.

    No surprises here, more like shock. The leaves on five bamboos are totally dried from the artic blast. They are large specimens and look awful. I shall leave them and see what happens but they do look a mess. It has never happened before.

    Have a good week Lisa.



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    1. I can imagine how your garden is responding to the awful cold and snow. My garden is s l o w l y awakening. It was a rough winter here too. Not the worst but notably harsh. Good luck with everything.

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  15. Dear Lisa,
    your hellebores look lovely! I also have some of them in my garden. I think they are great plants. I am happy to hear that your tree peony might be well after all. I really like tree peonies, but don´t have one as they need quite a lot of space.
    Enjoy your spring garden!
    Best wishes,
    Lisa

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    1. Thank you Lisa. I hope your spring is going smoothly.

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  16. Beautiful Hellebores, the second one especially with the delicate variation of colors and the sprinkle of dots.

    I almost want a lawn because of your photos, to have bulbs appearing in the grass.

    Seems like you should have success with tree peonies, as you get some winter chill. I tried one but it did not survive, and not enough chill here anyway.

    Surprise here...we got some rain! A whole half inch!

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  17. Another storm today ~ a blizzard ~ love your flower photos for bringing me joy to my heart in the midst of 'white out' ~ xxx

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  18. Ah Lisa - what a great surprise...your spring flowers are beautiful. Love your hellebore ones - never have grown them and I have a friend who said she would share some of hers with me. So perhaps I will have some next year in my garden. So glad to see your tree peony survived. Have a beautiful March. Hugs!

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  19. Hello again, Lisa! What beauties your hellebores are - I'm a fan too :-) I wonder how all your blooms are today, GBBD?. I haven't spotted any bees here yet but love to see them visiting my crocus flowers too.

    Fingers crossed for your tree peony returning - they are magnificent plants, I think. Have I spotted any surprises in my garden... oh YES! Mine have been of the feathered kind :-)))

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