I’m Mary Spaulding, and I have been gardening on our Zone 3 rural property for the last 32 years. As a young gardener I was privileged to have several knowledgeable mentors. I became a Master Gardener in my quest for knowledge and was able to visit gardens abroad as sources of inspiration. Zone 3 puts some serious limits on a gardener’s plant palette, and our shortened growing season causes a “traffic jam” of things that must be done once we can get outdoors. Our lows for May 7 were 22°F! Nonetheless, some of these lovelies venture forth to brighten and encourage us!
Daffodils, flowers on the mertensia, and lilacs just starting to put out leaves.
Narcissus ‘Thalia’ (Zones 3–8)
Newly emerging peonies still in tight bud.
Beautiful foliage of vigorous peonies coming into growth.
A hybrid small-cup daffodil.
Species tulip, Tulipa tarda (Zone 3–8). (Editor’s note: This species of tulip is one of the best to not just come back every year but spread and multiply.)
An unknown daffodil. (Editor’s note: Looks like it might be the variety ‘Pipit’.)
Fern fiddle heads just beginning to unfurl.
Emerging sambucus (Elderberry, Sambucus racemosa, Zones 3–7) leaves.
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