Xeria E-Zine March 2017

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Finally, spring appears to be here.  I've heard a robin, Turdus turda (yes I know, funny name!) but seen no other migratory birds yet.  They'll come, and I'll be ready. 

By that time, the ice will be off the pond (their favorite bathing place) and the nest boxes will be cleaned out and a supply of dog hair, short lengths of string and other nest building supplies will be accessible for them.

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Other things that start happening in the garden are bulbs emerging - this is so exciting to see.  Their little green noses poke out, and every time there is a frost, which is often until the weather settles, they go dormant again until the next warm day. 

You'll see some insects too as the warmth reaches them in their hibernation, even early appearing butterflies.  The ones I am most likely to see first thing are those that hibernate in adult form; American Painted Ladies and Mourning Cloaks.

Flowering bulbs will start to show this month...

If you've seeded some seeds using the winter sow method, make sure you check them; if they've germinated and are showing some tiny flecks of green, take the cover off on warm days - particularly if they're in the sun.  The heat and additional condensation dripping on them can cause damping off, especially if there is any organic matter incorporated into the soil.

Getting ready to winter sow

Gorgeous, lush and easy, succulents make great wedding flowers...

Are you planning a wedding this year?  The trend of using succulents for wedding flowers seems to show no signs of abating, which is a great thing!  Here are a couple of pages that you may find interesting, as you research the best kinds of succulents to use; A Guide to the Ultimate Succulent Wedding

You'll find lots of ideas, with links to some products that I've put together to help you.  These are things that I've been asked about, such as how to find them to order online.

There's an app for that!  Get the Succulent ID App on your mobile device...

The Succulent ID App is ready to download onto your cellphone or other small device, and take with you wherever you go;

Want your succulents to survive the winter?  Learn how to bring them indoors and be happy and healthy with this free e-course;  Fill in your name and email address on the form below to enroll!

Winterizing Succulents E-Course

Winterizing Succulents E-Course - click here to sign up...

How can I keep my Succulents happy for the winter? Find out here!

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