What's Blooming in March: Fun article!

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What's Blooming in March

By LarryR
March 18, 2012

It can't be long now! For those of us who garden in temperate zones of the Northern Hemisphere, spring is just around the corner. While we gardeners anxiously await that magical time of year, come join me for one final look at what's blooming indoors. You'll also discover the identity of the mystery flower for February, who identified it, and what the mystery flower for this month looks like.

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Name: Vicki
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vic
Mar 17, 2012 6:18 PM CST
with lots of beautiful photo's and wonderful information as well.

Sharon, what a great story about YOU and I love all your favorite flowers Thumbs up

Larry, your articles are always so fun to read and you photo's just stunning.

NO CLUE on the mystery flower Confused
Name: Larry Rettig
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LarryR
Mar 19, 2012 1:01 PM CST
Thanks for those nice comments, Vicki. Sorry I was tardy in responding. I'm trying to be outside in the garden on top of everything else I've been doing this winter, and time slips away much faster than I'd like. I've decided to cut my online time, but I'll continue to respond the my mail.
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vic
Mar 19, 2012 1:29 PM CST
No worries at all Larry - same here - the nice weather and gardening has come quickly and gardens don't wait. Green Grin! Thumbs up
Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 22, 2012 4:02 PM CST
Love the article as always! Like in your photos, my moth orchid and some others are happily in bloom, well the moth orchid has been blooming straight away since I got it last Christmas :biggrin:. The latest that did finally fully bloom was my purplish noid Paphiopedilum or Lady Slipper orchid. Got 3 orchids during an orchid show last Feb and they are still in bloom as well:

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Outdoors..ah, I am getting a 2nd wave of poplar catkins littering my yard and coating my plants with more to come ugh!
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More on the trees, waiting for one more shakedown from the winds:
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Found this other young tree in our common area finally getting her turn to awaken and bloom:

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Name: Larry Rettig
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LarryR
Mar 25, 2012 11:39 PM CST
Good to hear from you, tarev! Great orchid pics. Thumbs up

The messiest trees we contend with here are maples (their seeds end up all over the vegetable garden and in the flower beds) and cottonwood seeds (their fluffy parachutes get stuck in all our screens).

Is that a crabapple in bloom? Most of the ones in our area are just starting to get colored buds, but some white ones are blooming already--waaay early. If we don't get a frost, our growing season will have been extended by a full month, something I've never experienced in all my years of gardening.
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Sharon
Mar 25, 2012 11:43 PM CST
Dogwoods are blooming here!!! A month early, of course.
Love dogwoods.


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Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Mar 25, 2012 11:50 PM CST
Love the dogwoods, Sharon! Almost makes me homesick for Alabama. I remember how those dogwoods in the Alabama forests lit them up while the rest of the trees were still mostly bare. Alas, dogwoods are only marginally hardy this far north. No one around here has been able to keep one growing for more than a couple of years. Yet, only 30 miles down the road in Iowa City, they flourish. Go figure!
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
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Sharon
Mar 25, 2012 11:56 PM CST
If this warming trend keeps up, you might have them pretty soon, Larry.
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Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Apr 1, 2012 11:58 PM CST
I'm already making mental notes of Zone 6 perennials I'd like to try. Smiling
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!

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