Early Spring at Maymont

March 9, 2011 at 7:44 pm Leave a comment

The winter aconites are beginning to wane as the daffodils wave in the wind during March in central Virginia.  Last December’s sudden cold postponed the blooming of the  shrub Wintersweet, Chimonanthus praecox.  The flowers of this shrub normally fade in  early February but this year the last blossoms are perfuming the March air.

In the Japanese Garden the Prunus mume ‘Peggy Clarke’ (see photo) is still blooming along with the Lenten rose, Helleborus orientalis.   Cherry buds are starting to swell as the days get longer.

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The roses were pruned in the Italian Garden and the garden cleaned of last season’s leaves and debris.  Fertilizing the roses with Rose-tone  is the next step before mulching. 

With the ornamental grasses cut back, the Liriope trimmed, the trees pruned of English ivy and the long row of 100 year old Rhododendron maxima deadwooded we are almost ready for spring!  The Master Gardeners even planted the pea seeds and cole crops in Jack’s Vegetable Garden.  Next week we tackle the winter weeds growing in many of the flower beds, such as Marie’s Butterfly Trail, and clean-up the native plant landscape surrounding the Robins Nature and Visitors Center.    Let us hope the weather holds and northwinds don’t blow.

Peggy Singlemann, Director of Horticulture.

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