Six On Saturday – March 12

I’ll be brief today because the garden is calling my name and the chores list seems endless. Gardeners worldwide are posting today at The Propagator’s site, so do have a look. Here are six signs of spring as it approaches here at Coppertop.

One – A walk through the garden is so very encouraging as it reveals abundant life pushing forth. Budding shrubs and emerging perennials include native red-flowering currant, lilacs, lupines, irises, and poppies.

Two – It’s a beautiful time of year to view the structure and peeling bark on the climbing hydrangeas, Hydrangea anomala petiolaris, that flank the entry to the vegetable garden. Impressive winter interest!

Three – Crocus patches are expanding and bringing cheerful color out front. We’ve also been enjoying the golden green branches of Cornus sericea ‘Silver and Gold’.

Four – Garlic planted in October has emerged — 100% success rate again!

Five – I’m almost finished pruning the roses and cleaning up perennials in the rose garden. I survived with just a few scratches! Before and after:

Six – The hellebores are blooming well now, as is fitting for Lenten roses, and this is one of my favorites of about a dozen I grow. It’s from The Honeymoon Series, Helleborus ‘Rio Carnival’.

Have a beautiful and productive week in the garden!

24 thoughts on “Six On Saturday – March 12

  1. You got a massive garden, but still I am amazed by how neat and tidy everything is. Congratulation on the garlic bed which is looking as is you are going to have a huge crop.

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    • Noelle, I’m certain neat and tidy wouldn’t pop into your head if you had a true walk-around here. Ha! Amidst the work crying out to be done, I’m definitely finding plenty of beauty, though. The garlic is about 50 heads which we go through in a year here. Have a great week!

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  2. Is flowering currant native there, or was that planted?
    You know, I will be in your region next week or so. I leave on Wednesday, and after stopping in Yreka and Ilwaco, I should arrive in Silverdale or Poulsbo by Saturday.

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  3. Good to see your post again. I didn’t plant garlic last year which was silly because it is so successful. Your dark purple crocuses are striking. You have been working very hard, it certainly shows in your lovely garden.

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  4. Wow ❤ You have a huge garden! I can recognize the flowering plants by their shoots, spring is such an exciting time!

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