What a wild way to enter March! After a freakishly warm February we’re playing Southern winter hopscotch over the next few weeks between 80 and 32 degrees. Nothing to make a gardener panic like watching so many little tulips start to raise their heads and flowers bloom early right before the typical time of blitz freezes and super warm days. I have to admit — there is just something about March that makes you smile! We all delightedly gushed about the first tulips blooming in the Dixon front yard and the little crepe paper anemones flashing their pops of color in the Disosway and Stoney gardens. What a welcome change from the somewhat bland colors of winter blooms, but it does make you wonder if the tulips are prettier just because of our winter bloom “cabin fever.”
We at Tryon Palace are especially looking forward to this spring, as we start with a new and (almost) complete staff for the first time in 2 years. The plants that arrived in mid-February are growing at rapid pace and our Spring Plant Sale is just around the corner! If you’d like to come and work in the gardens with us, please contact Hadley.firstname.lastname@example.org or 252-639-3560.
Join us for this month’s installment of our 2017 Garden Lecture Series on Saturday, March 11, at 10 a.m. inside the North Carolina History Center for a talk on vegetable gardening with Craven County Master Gardener Sheila Weibert! This lecture is free and begins at 10 a.m. in Cullman Performance Hall at the North Carolina History Center. Get some ideas for your spring and summer garden from a local Master Gardener!
Also coming this month, we’ll have two Behind the Scenes Tours in the garden, where you can join one of our gardeners for a walk around the Palace blooms! The tours are March 14 and March 21, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Waystation. And don’t forget the star of the event calendar for us—Spring Plant Sale is April 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Daves House Lawn just inside the main gate. It is free to attend and we will have a great selection of plants for sale!
Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager
- Annual Phlox (Phlox drummondii), mix
- Dusty Miller “Silver Dust,” gray
- English Daisy “Habanera Mix” (Bellis)
- Forget Me Nots “Mon Amie Blue” (Myosotis)
- Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) Sonnet Mix, Montego Sunset, Candy Showers Mix
- Stock Harmony Mix
- Sweet William (Dianthus) Telstar Mix
- Ornamental Kale: Bor Scarlet, Kamome White
- Violas: Sorbet XP Mix, Admire Mix Maxi, Penny Peach Jump Up
- Pansies: Sunrise, Solar Flare, Red Blotch, Cool Wave Spreading Mix, Frizzle Sizzle Mix