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My March Garden


Yes, okay, it’s a few days late but I’m happy to share with you my 2nd ever March garden post, and for the record I did snap these photos on the 31st. This is only the second time of the six gardening seasons we’ve had that there have actually been plants popping out of the earth at the end of March. I know what I’m sharing isn’t amazingly beautiful or anything, but in comparison to my April post last year I have similar sized perennials 30 days early. That makes me hopeful that the plants will have a longer season this year, and if you’re a half-glass-full type like me, then essentially spring is coming early and everything is awesome.

I’m starting to see tiny leaves on the buds of many of our trees and after the next few days of rain albeit cold rain, things should start greening up!


Bleeding Hearts



I’m so excited to see the peonies this year, last year a bunch of the tiny stalks got trampled during the fence installation and I didn’t get to see all these pretties. Plus, I planted two new peonies in my anniversary garden last spring, ‘Raspberry Charm’ and ‘Coral Charm’. They be real purty.





Look! Do you see ’em?


Jacob’s Ladder


Brown Town

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13 comments… add one
  • Meg April 6, 2015

    I am super jealous of your March garden. Currently, it is snowing outside and yesterday morning I woke up to the sounds of a plow going past. I suppose I can celebrate that some patches of lawn became visible last week, but it seems like I will never see the 50+ daffodil bulbs I planted in the fall, much less get the chance to purchase and plant the bleeding heart I’ve been dreaming about since my dad took out the one at my childhood home to put in an airconditioner. Sigh.

    • Scoops April 8, 2015

      Oh no! Diss. Since it comes so late here in Minneapolis it’s easy for me to forget that there are a lot of people who live even further north than me. Hang in there! Those Daffodils will be showing their faces before you know it!

  • Bri April 6, 2015

    Long-time reader; first-time commenting! Excited to follow along with your garden! We bought our house in August so this is the first spring we’ll see everything come up. It’s a bit of a mystery at this point because we’re new to gardening, and by the time we moved in last summer ferns and hostas had taken over every garden bed. “Spring” has been depressing here (Ontario, Canada) so far… One day we’ll be out working on a bare yard, the next we’ll wake up to a layer of snow! So I totally understand your excitement over March sprouts.

    • Scoops April 8, 2015

      Oh man, is it weird that I am really excited for you to find whats growing in your new backyard? Hang in there, I think the spring is coming soon. We haven’t had great weather yet either, just bits here and there but the snow has been gone for about a month.

  • Paula April 6, 2015

    So exciting! I’m going to go outside right now and check my Southeastern Wisconsin peonies! They are my favorite!

    • Scoops April 8, 2015

      Yeah! I love to check on plant progress too!

  • Megan April 6, 2015

    I really like your gardening posts. I have gardening envy because of you. I’ve lived in my house for 8 years and all I have to show for it is one salvia and one Shasta daisy that have not died. I’m amazing! Anyways, I think that reading about people that are successful might help!

    • Scoops April 8, 2015

      Good luck, Megan. You could probably dig up both your salvia and shasta daisy and divide them among your yard to fill in more space. Also, Iris, Sedum and Lilies are all very hardy and do well in sun – sounds like you probably have a sunny yard.

  • SAFRO April 6, 2015

    I envy you. we still have snow lies. and flowers begin to appear only in May

    • Scoops April 8, 2015

      We have snow flurries too, but yeah, none on the ground. Hang in there, it’s coming!

  • Lisl Sukachevin April 12, 2015

    Love your garden posts!! Question–you mention adding compost and peat moss to your raised beds each spring, do you do anything to your perennial beds? Do you remove the old mulch from the previous year and supplement the soil with anything? Thanks!

    • Scoops April 15, 2015

      Hey Lisl, I haven’t done anything to my perennial beds in the past but I should. I get really nervous when it comes to fertilizer as I worry about burning my plants, so I just water like a mad woman. Next year I might start digging out my plants and adding more top soil and compost to give the beds a more mounded custom look, that’s something I wish I would’ve done in the beginning but just didn’t have the cash to do. Good question.

  • Lexy April 16, 2015

    I love this time of year. Every day I walk around the yard and see what’s popping up. Invariably, I am surprised because I transplanted/divided so many things the previous summer I don’t even remember the changes I made!

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