March in Carla’s Garden – FineGardening

We’re in Malvern, Pennsylvania, today, visiting Carla Zambelli Mudry’s garden and seeing how early March looked there.

March 2024 so far is roaring in like a lion. There is rain one minute, followed by snow and sleet squalls, and wind roaring through the trees in our woods.

All of a sudden there are snowdrops (Galanthus, Zones 3–8) everywhere.

close up of white and purple hellebore flowerHellebores (Helleborus hybrids, Zones 4–9) are blooming too.

close up of bright yellow daffodils in bloomAnd the early daffodils (Narcissus hybrids, Zones 3–9) are coming up all over.

close up of small yellow crocus flowersThe past couple of years I have been planting bulbs in my lawn. It’s a Stinzenplanten lawn. I have years to go before I have it where I want it, but it’s thrilling to see the smallest of daffodils and crocuses and more coming up. I will be splitting Galanthus and adding them to the mix in the lawn next.

close up of purple crocuses about to bloomMore crocuses in the lawn, holding their buds tightly closed on a cloudy day.

close up of purple crocuses in bloomWith sunshine, the crocus flowers open.

close up of bright yellow miniature daffodilA miniature daffodil in bloom looks just like a standard daffodil but is smaller and more delicate in all its parts.

close up of bright pink camellia flowerSome of the camellias are blooming—like my favorite, the glorious red ‘Balustrade’ (Camellia japonica ‘Balustrade’, Zones 6–10), developed at the Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia.

tree peony buds before bloomsThe tree peonies are also budding up, and new growth is pushing out to produce this year’s leaves and flowers.

view of cloudy sky and tree tops in late winterThe drama of a March sky

vase of bright yellow daffodilsA vase full of daffodils brought inside allows them to be enjoyed up close.

This is an exciting time of year, when everything old is literally new again. Welcome to early spring!


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