Happy March, my friends! For all my moaning about this winter (it turns out this has been the coldest February on record in Portland, Maine, and among the snowiest winters), I do love the light in March. It gives me hope, and hope makes me dream about my garden.
I have ordered my flower seeds from Johnny's, as I plan to grow a cutting garden in one of the raised beds this year. It will have as many zinnias as I can fit in shades of salmon pink, raspberry, and charteuse, as well as cosmos, nigellas, and so many other beauties.
Right now, those beds are so deeply buried that they don't even make mounds in the snow, but I know they are there, waiting. And the roses and lavender and black-eyed Susans in the perennial beds are, too.
And then there are the hydrangeas. I have lots and lots of them all around the gardens, and I cut loads of blooms to dry for the winter. They keep me going until the first crocuses and snowdrops appear where I planted them in the grass. Most years those early bulbs begin to bloom in mid to late March here in coastal Maine, but I think it will be April this year. Spring will be short, but with all this snow, the ground will be wet, too, which means it will likely be lush.
I've got lots of veggies in mind. I always grow tomatoes, lettuces, runner beans, radishes, peas, and lots of herbs. This year I think I'm going to grow potatoes, too. Let me know what else you think I should try. What have you had good luck growing?
In the meantime, I'm loving the sunlight and the little spark of hope it lights in me for another season of green.
P.S. Last week The Magpie's Fancy passed its 6-year mark. I can hardly believe I've been blogging here for all these years. Thank you for making it such a joy.