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Thursday, March 28, 2019


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Very exciting to see more than snow in your garden! Let the games begin.

Linda from Each Little World

Almost all the snow is gone except in the shadiest spots on the north side and along the curb where the plows piled it up high all winter. Most shrubs look good and the moss is glowing.


My father's peonies have been growing in much more shade than ideal, as the arborvitaes behind them that formed a tidy hedge in my youth now loom sixty feet in the air. (At some point in the 1980s, he limbed the evergreens up to let air and at least winter light into the border.) So it was a great moment for me when I learned that in the wild, peonies are plants of the woodland edge.

Every so often I move one or two of the most light-deprived out to the sunny former vegetable garden, but it's remarkable how well most are doing in the gloom.

This is the slowest start to their season I can remember. Only the earliest have shoots above four inches, and there's no sign yet of the latest-blooming varieties. Normally they'd all be visible by now, and the whole bed taking on a red cast.

Slow spring is fine with me; it creates the illusion that it will be possible for once to keep up!

Loree / danger garden

Signs of new growth are so uplifting! Now I need to go see if my inherited peony NOID is starting to peek out of the ground. It should be, but I don't recall seeing it.

Kris P

Spring is coming! You just reminded me I should give my Majorcan peony some water now that our rainy spell seems to have come to an abrupt end. I'm hoping to get more than one bloom this year.

Barbara H.

Seeing the peonies pushing up through the ground is always so inspiring. Those new shoots look so vigorous and happy to be seeing the light of day. I'm glad you are able to get out into the garden again, even if boots are still a necessity.

Linda from Each Little World

I love the idea of a slow start to spring means we can catch up!

Dee Nash

I'm glad you're seeing some life. I know you're itching to get out there and garden. I always am. ~~Dee

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