The paperwhite narcissus in
Steve's Zone 8 garden have been blooming for a few weeks. Here where I am in the Cincinnati area (Zone 6) the daffodil (Narcissus spp.) leaves are appearing now that the snow has finally melted.
This white daffodil has a salmon-pink large cup with white petals. It blooms in mid to late spring.
This beautiful double daffodil (Narcissus spp.) has a golden cup surrounded by a crown ivory petals. It blooms in mid-spring.
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Articles & Resources
A Visit to Huntington Gardens
Bruce Bohm sent us a mini-tour of Huntington Gardens in Pasadena, California. It's famous for its collection of cactus and other desert plants. Click here for menu of Bruce's other articles.
Steve says you should start your own pepper and tomato plants 6-8 weeks before they will be planted out in the garden (after all danger of frost has past! :-) If you want to grow unusual or heirloom varieties you must start your own as these are not typically offered for sale as plants.
It has been quite a while since I did any Gardener's Journal posts. I was feeling nostalgic after last month's trip back to North Florida and was reading what I was going on in the garden during March in previous years:
March 2002 Gardener's Journal
March 2003 Gardener's Journal
March 2004 Gardener's Journal
March 2005 Gardener's Journal
March 2008 Gardener's Journal
Visit Floridata's Resource and Articles page.
Early Blooming Woodies
A native of the southeastern United States, the piedmont or pinxter azaleas (Rhododendron canescens) is covered in big fat buds that are eagerly awaiting warmer temperatures so they can burst forth in fragrant floral fabulosity! It shouldn't be much longer now! Click here to download a large version (800x600) to display on your computer desktop.
If you have a wet spot and need something pretty to fill it, consider the Virginia willow (Itea virginica). I have a few growing at the edge of the Catfish Pond that have grown into a beautiful waterside colony. Click to download a large version (800x600) this fine American native shrub.
American olive, also known as devilwood is the spring blooming American cousin of the famously fragrant tea olive (Osmanthus fragrans). Click to download a large version (800x600) the devilwood.