A new month has begun, and it’s time to share another six things from the garden. Garden bloggers around the world join in and deliver beauty each Saturday, thanks to The Propagator who started it all from his corner of the U.K. Links in the comment section of his post will take you to all kinds of late winter wonders.
ONE – Coppertop plants other than trees and large shrubs are still slumbering beneath the snow blanket that fell in mid-February. The snow level is down to roughly a foot in most areas. It’ll be quite a while before I’m digging in the soil again and a while until we see crocuses, snowdrops, daffodils, hyacinths, and the like. I’m very thankful to have plenty of jobs to do in the greenhouse and garden shed while I attempt to keep my green thumb in shape.
TWO – Crystal-clear days in the snowy garden have graced us with this beautiful view across the water toward Mount Baker, Washington. The mountain’s Native American name is Koma Kulshan, and he’s a beauty at 10,781′ elevation.
THREE – Delphiniums ‘Black Knight’ and ‘Galahad’ from the Pacific Giants series are the only two delphs I’m growing this year. I’m happy with their progress, having transplanted dozens of seedlings into 4″ pots.
FOUR– Of five varieties of perennial salvias I’ve seeded for the new rose bed, Salvia transsylvanica ‘Blue Cloud’ is the most mature as this new month begins. Salvia patens (Gentian sage) is also coming along nicely. Other salvias I’ve seeded are Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimension Rose’, Salvia nemorosa ‘Adora Blue’, and the half-hardy Salvia farinaceae ‘Seascape.’
FIVE – Digitalis ‘Camelot White’ will be gleaming from shady spots in the garden before we know it. I’ll add these to other areas of foxgloves that already feature some purple and peach blooms.
SIX – The big melt is underway, which means sap is flowing in our Western bigleaf maples, Acer macrophyllum. I’ve written about these trees many times, including here and here. Yesterday, Hubby and I drilled and placed about a dozen taps with spiles and tubing. The sap was flowing immediately! Once I collect a few gallons I’ll begin the process of boiling down the sap on our wood stove to make yummy maple syrup.