As a new gardener, you know what would be really helpful? Pictures of plants at different phases of their growth over the course of all the seasons. It would be reassuring to know what they look like at different times outside of “looking their best” so us new people don’t carry unnecessary anxiety over whether we’ve killed something when it’s just going into dormancy.
I haven’t been able to really find a good place on the interwebs that does this (if you know of such a place, please share!), so I’m going to try to become what I would like to see so I can at least reassure myself over time.
March is the first month here in Zone 6b of the Midwest that you get to see things (above ground) at the beginning of their growth. So this morning on walkabout, I took pictures to share what everyone is looking like at the very earliest part of the growing season.
I’d like to do this sort of plant recap each month. I hope it’s helpful. You’re welcome.
Preparation for this last winter was minimal, mostly because I’m new and not quite sure what all I’m supposed to do, and I’m not eager to rush out and buy-all-the-things. So all I did was cover all of the plants (or the bases of) or bulb beds with leaves we raked up from the yard. The leaves were not broken down or mulched, they were simply dumped into the garden beds and distributed. The Bluebells and Snowdrops already had a bed of pine needles over them. Clemmy had no protection.
When the bulbs were planted, I used a basic fertilizer at the time they were planted.
Seeds that were sown last year but the plants are MIA are: Lobelia, Verbena, Purple Coneflower.
Lastly, there are THINGS-I-DIDN’T-PLANT-AND-I-DON’T-KNOW-YET-WHAT-THEY-ARE-BUT-THEY’RE-PRETTY:
If you know what either of the plants above are, leave a comment below to tell me!