The Greening of New Hampshire

Finally…. we’re seeing progress. Two odd days with temperatures in the 80’s (one of them possibly 90°) took care of the inch of permafrost and snow in a border that never sees the sun. I could finally plant the pansies and my mesclun mix lettuce.

April 9, Snow in Border


Mesclun Mix, 2017

I’ve raked, edged, added organic compost, top dressed with a bit of mulch, pruned shrubs, planted more grass seed, and mister gardener has disposed of  wheelbarrow loads of debris. Garden gloves have been worn, wash, worn, and washed and ready to be worn again.

garden gloves 2017

Jacob’s Ladder is going gangbusters, growing tiny leaflets that are rising like ladders and should bloom with tiny blue flowers in early spring.

Polemonium caeruleum, 2017

Tulips and daffodils aren’t up all the way but are all showing green… along with tiny leaves of nepeta ‘Walkers Low’ just breaking the surface in the background below, plants with purple-blue flowers that take a ‘licking but keep on ticking’ all summer long.

bulbs, 2017

Herb garden with thyme, savory, chives, oregano, parsley, sorrel, rosemary and lots of lettuce are basking in the sun and seem to grow an inch a day.

The indoor geraniums went into pots in the garden….maybe a tad early as we dipped to 32° last night. This morning they are a little limp but will make it. I’ll just have to be better about watching those overnight temperatures.

So far, besides the pansies, the only color other than green in the garden is yellow. The sweet crocus is in bloom telling us spring has officially arrived.



8 thoughts on “The Greening of New Hampshire

  1. Catnip is tall enough to be rolled in by the kitty. Crocuses are blooming and i think the forsythia will bloom tomorrow!!


  2. hi, I have just arrived, full time, although my garden is 3 years old based on parttime status. You are way ahead of us in 5b maine. I just read your old post on planting nandina that we’ve all known in Virginia. It made me wonder if you’ve read, and you probably have, the gardening letters between Katherine White and Elisabeth Lawrence. EL, in charlotte NC, sent KW, in Brooklin ME, some nandina back in the ’60s and it flourished. I’ve always loved it but haven’t added it to my garden here. must think about that. enjoy your early spring.


    • Welcome to Maine. The nandinas made it through, I think, but they look ratty. Yes, I know that WONDERFUL book of letters about gardening and life!!!! Priceless!!!! I don’t own it but I should. I can’t remember the bit about the nandina but would love to reread the book.


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