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March in the Garden

Updated on April 6, 2014

What to See and Do in the March Garden!

What happens in March in the garden? Discover which flowers will be blooming, what jobs to do in the March garden, and what to plant.

After the first signs of Spring emerged with early crocuses and daffodils in February, March lets us know that spring is truly around the corner, with a dazzling array of beautiful spring flowers.

Here in the UK, we enjoy everything from the quintessential spring flowers like narcissi and tulips, to the stunning and heady mix of clematis, fritillaria, hellebores, trilliums and phlox.

Here you will find a complete guide to flowers that bloom in the spring month of March, as well as what to do in the garden in March, and what kind of wildlife activity you might spot.

Photo Credit: Colorful Spring Garden by Anita Martinz, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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Acacia (Mimosa)

Aconitum (Monkshood)

Agapanthus

Alstroemeria (Peruvian Lily)

Amaryllis (Hippeastrum)

Ammi (Queen Anne's Lace)

Anemone (Windflower)

Antirrhinum (Snapdragon)

Photo: Anemone hupensis via Wikimedia Commons

Asclepias (Milkweed)

Aster (Michaelmas Daisy)

Banksia (Bottlebrush)

Blackthorn

Bluebells

Calendula (Marigold)

Campanula (Canterbury Bells)

Carnation

Photo: Yellow Carnation via Wikimedia Commons

Calla Lily (Zantedeschia, Arum Lily)

Carthamus (Safflower)

Cestrum

Chamaelaucium (waxflower)

Cherry Blossom

Chionodoxa

Cornelian Cherry (Cornas Mas)

Chrysanthemum

Clematis (Clematis Macropetala, Clematis Armandii, Clematis "Frances Rivis")

Photo: Clematis macropetala via Wikimedia Commons

Craspedia

Crocus

Cynara (the flower of the artichoke)

Dahlia

Delphinium

Eremurus (Foxtail Lily)

Eryngium (Sea Holly)

Eucharis (Amazon Lily)

Euphorbia (Spurge)

Photo: Crocus nudiflorus via Wikimedia Commons

Forsythia

Freesia

Fritillaria

Genista

Gerbera

Gloriosa (Glory Lily)

Godetia

Gypsophila

Photo: Fritillaria meleagris

Heather

Heliconia

Helleborus (Christmas Rose)

Hyacinth

Hypericum (St John's Wort)

Iris

Ixia (African Corn Lily)

Leucadendron (Safari Sunset)

Leucospermum (Pincushion Protea)

Lily

Liatris

Photo: Helleborus orientalis

Lilac

Lily-of the Valley (Convallaria)

Limonium (Sea Lavender, Statice)

Lisianthus (Eustoma)

Lysimachia (Loose Strife)

Magnolia

Mahonica Japonica

Matthiola (Stock)

Moluccella (Bells of Ireland)

Muscari (Grape hyacinth)

Photo: Magnolia x soulangeana "Alba Superba"

Narcissus (Daffodil)

Nigella (Love-in-the-Mist)

Orchids - Aranthera (Scorpion Orchid), Arachnis (Spider Orchid), Cattleya Orchid, Cymbidium Orchid, Dendrobium orchid (Singapore orchid), Oncidium orchid (Golden Shower Orchid), Paphiopedilum orchid (Slipper orchid), Phalaenopsis orchid (Moth Orchid)

Photo: Narcissus minor

Ornithogalum Chincherinchee

Peony

Philadelphus

Phlox

Primula (Primula denticulata)

Protea

Prunus

Pulmonaria

Ranunculus

Red Campion

Rose

Photo: Philadelphus "Innocence"

Rudbeckia

Scilla (Wild Hyacinth)

Solidago

Solidaster

Stephanotis (Wax flower)

Strelitzia (Bird of Paradise)

Sunflower (Helianthus)

Sweet pea (Lathyrus)

Tanecetum

Trachelium

Photo: Scilla mischtschenkoana

Trillium

Tuberose (Polianthes)

Tulip

Veronica (Speedwell)

Viburnum

Vanda

Zinnia

Photo: Trillium erectum

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March in the Garden: Trillium grandiflorum "Snowbunting"

March in the Garden: Trillium grandiflorum "Snowbunting"
March in the Garden: Trillium grandiflorum "Snowbunting"

Perfect Plants for Spring Pots

Enjoy March in the Garden with Spring Flower Pots

Brighten up your patio for Spring by planting some gorgeous spring containers.

These spring plants are perfect for beautiful Spring pots:

* Pansies (left)

* Violas

* Fritillary

* Narcissus

(try Narcissus "Hawera" or a dwarf variety such as "Rip van Winkle" or "Canaliculatus")

* Forget-Me-Nots

* Tulips

(try Tulipa acuminata (right), "West Point", "Rococo", "Uncle Tom" or "Prinses Irene")

* Wallflowers

* Herbs

(such as chives and purple sage)

March in the Garden and Beyond - USA Gardening Month by Month

Martha Stewart's Gardening: Month by Month
Martha Stewart's Gardening: Month by Month

Helpful and attainable ideas from Martha Stewart, Covers everything from pruning, raking, digging, transplanting, to recipes and monthly lists. Follow the book month by month for a complete guide to seasonal gardening.

 

More Month by Month Gardening - Garden Guides Around the USA

The March birth flower is the Daffodil, also known as the Narcissus or Jonquil.

Representing friendship and domestic happiness, it flowers between February and May and can be yellow, orange or white.

The corresponding sign of the zodiac for the March birth flower is Pisces (February 20th to March 20th) and the corresponding birthstone is Aquamarine.

Create a Daffodil Display for Spring

March in the Garden is not Complete without Daffodils!

When you think of Spring and flowers, the immediate image that comes to mind is glorious swathes of daffodils. Naturalised daffodil displays, where they mingle wild with the grass, are particularly captivating. If you fancy creating your own "daffodil dell" in your garden, here are some tips:

* Daffodils can be naturalised even in a small garden. Choose 2-3 favourite varieties and mix them up in a corner of the lawn.

* Don't mow the lawn in the daffodil area for at least 6 weeks after flowering. If you want to make extra sure that the leaves die back naturally, thus returning all the goodness to the soil, then leave the first cut until July.

* You can try this in any garden but strong loam soil is particularly good

* Feed your daffodils every few years with bonemeal after the grass is cut back.

* So that you know where to plant new bulbs, mark out the gaps with canes in the spring before the daffodils disappear. You can later replace the canes with short kindling sticks, which can then be pushed into the ground to be mowed over.

BEST DAFFODIL VARIETIES FOR NATURALISING:

* Narcissus "Ice King"

* Narcissus "Las Vegas"

* Narcissus "Verger"

* Narcissus "Thalia"

* Narcissus "Jetfire"

* Narcissus "Jenny"

* Narcissus pseudonarcissus "Lobularis"

BEST DAFFODIL VARIETIES FOR SCENT:

* Narcissus poeticus (Pheasant's Eye)

* Narcissus "Jenny"

* Narcissus "Thalia"

Best Thing about March in the Garden?

What do you like best about the garden in March?

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March Garden Wildlife

Birds will be very active now for the breeding season. Feed them high energy food or even live food such as mealworms if you're not squeamish! You can also leave out bundles of small twigs, dried moss and stringy vegetable matter for them to use as nesting material.

Hedgehogs and frogs will also be active after hibernation, and you are more than likely to see squirrels feeding in the garden too.

  • Prune your buddleia
  • Plant and grow giant tree lilies
  • Trim ferns
  • Plant snowflakes
  • Tidy your alpines
  • Prune shrub roses
  • Protect tender young shoots from slugs and snails with barriers and organic products
  • Plant a Christmas rose
  • Sow sweet peas in pots or prepared ground outside
  • Plant new border plants
  • Treat the base of roses and shrubs with fertiliser
  • Dead-head spring-flowered bulbs
  • Prepare soil for sowing hardy annuals in April
  • Sow green manure to improve soil
  • Get sunflowers off to a good start by sowing indoors
  • Pot on plants
  • Sow tender bedding plants
  • Ventilate the greenhouse on warm days
  • Plant tender bulbs
  • Order seedlings and young plants from suppliers
  • Wash and recycle your flower pots
  • Prune hardy shrubs for new growth
  • Cut lawns during dry periods
  • Avoid pruning or disturbing any shrubs and hedges where birds might be nesting

Spring Flowers in March - Relax to this Short, Soothing Spring Video!

Thank you for visiting! What are your favourite March flowers? Do you enjoy March in the garden? Share your comments and thoughts before you go.

What Do You Love About March in the Garden? - Leave your Comments and Feedback here!

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      Lisa Auch 3 years ago from Scotland

      March is the BEST time of year for the garden its exciting!

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      Spikey64 3 years ago

      March in the garden is a great time, it cheers me up after bthe drab dismal months of winter and the sight of march flowers makes me think of the colourful year ahead.

      Fantastic lens thanks for sharing.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      A wonderful lens, although spring doesn't seem to be around the corner here in Western NY yet, but really looking forward to it soon. Thanks

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      Maggie42 3 years ago

      March is Autumn in Australia but all this is still inspiring I'm planting sweet peas and bulbs that will flower in spring so this was all good info thanks

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      jasmine-awan-39 3 years ago

      Wishing all the snow would just disappear so I can start my spring gardening! This post just makes me want to plant flowers everywhere!!! Haha! Thank you so much for sharing!

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      Donna Cook 3 years ago

      Terrific lens! I am fascinated by English gardens. Here in Colorado, USA, we get most of our snow in March so this lens helped me look forward to springtime in the Rockies.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      In March I'm usually still waiting for the snow to completely melt. This year though I think it may be April before my gardens are rid of the snow. Beautiful and very informative lens!

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      Laura Brown 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      March is not garden time here. Still several feet of snow in places. I did buy an oxalis to keep in the kitchen this month. Other than that, March is mainly planning the garden and looking out at the snow.

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      GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

      I love March, it is the time when everything wakes up, especially my garden......soon I hope!

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      Maggie42 3 years ago

      I'm in Australia and so it's Autumn here but all the things you say about Spring in the UK apply here just at a different time it's too warm where I live for many of the bulbs but freesis are the thing I look forward to the most thanks for a nice warm lens

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      mimibandy 3 years ago

      Very nice lens!!! :) I can't wait till my garden blooms.

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      What a nice selections of spring flowers! I love them!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Your lens brightened the day even before the sun is up! I love your photos and even the background. Great idea for a lens and so well done. Love it!

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      Colin323 3 years ago

      It's the sense of winter quietly slipping away, and being replaced by the restart of the growing season again. It's a very optimistic time; the buds on the trees are beginning to swell

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      I enjoy spring a lot but best of all it is followed by summer--my favorite season!

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      sybil watson 3 years ago

      I love all the spring bulbs, but unfortunately they don't grow well where I live because it's too warm. I enjoyed seeing a virtual March garden in your lens.

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      Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I love the bright yellow of springtime Daffodils - my favorite flower and color. Love your arrangements (layout) on this wonderful springtime garden page.

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      laurenrich 4 years ago

      I love everything about March in the garden. It is a beautiful time of the year to get outside and to start your gardening activities. Thanks for sharing this awesome lens.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Stunning pictures and wonderful March advice. Spring Blessings.

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      davenjilli lm 5 years ago

      gorgeous flowers! *blessed*

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      poissonenciel 5 years ago

      exactly what we see here! thank you, very beautiful

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      peggygallyot 5 years ago

      I love the daffodils especially the yellow ones,

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      peggygallyot 5 years ago

      Love the flowers.Tried to plant some in Australia but was not so healthy as these.

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      suzy-t 5 years ago

      I love this time of year when everything comes to life. Wonderful lens.

      Blessed...

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      susansweaters 5 years ago

      I love all of the little wild flowers that come up all over my yard and through out the woods. I love daffodils. Your pictures are wonderful!

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      MaartjeJepsen 5 years ago

      Nice and joyful lens! Thank you!

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      poissonenciel 5 years ago

      No end of beauty!

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Yes- that buddleia really does need pruning. Otherwise it becomes a garden monster and takes over the whole place!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The weather is so different for March. Nice lens.

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      AskLou1 5 years ago

      I pretty much love everything about March, it means the winter is just about gone!

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      jtxjustkiddz 5 years ago

      good topic and good lens

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      Kathleen Hiler 5 years ago from Mountain Home

      I love the popping out of all the new life and the colors of the flowers and the profuse music of the birds :):)

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      nursecraft 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this-I love the colors! Spring blooms are my favorite!

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      TriciaLymeMom 5 years ago

      very nice...lots of great ideas :)

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      mel-kav 5 years ago

      Beautiful photos!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Congratulations on your Purple Star

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      What a lovely list of march spring flowers, I will have to bookmark this lens for later reference. Thanks

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      Fran Tollett 5 years ago

      The wind has actually started blowing in New Mexico in March. I much prefer April and may when the winds will surely die down a bit. Your lens is lovely and is a bright spot in my windy days.

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      Jeanette 5 years ago from Australia

      What a beautiful lens! Here in Australia, March is Autumn but the days are still warm and the leaves have not started changing colour yet. We are blessed to have flowers all year round.

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      cathywoodosborn 5 years ago

      It's just a joy knowing winter is behind us for a long time.

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      Since I live in Florida, March is pretty much the same as July, except not quite as hot. Flowers abound year round, making it such a joy to live here!

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      three-em 5 years ago

      wow,, very lovely lens..

      a lot of beauty glooming flowers..

      yes, it's spring, it's gardenig time.. :p

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      mogulmedia 5 years ago

      Yay spring is here. My favourite time of year with the days drawing out and temperatures rising!

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      Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

      I love the warmth and beauty of March when everything starts blooming.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Beautiful. It's wonderful that spring has finally arrived and the flowers are blooming. This week we have had some snow on the West Coast of Canada. Burr. Happy Fragrance Day!

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      jdwheeler 5 years ago

      The changing of the seasons is so amazing in itself. I love the new life that Spring time brings. It's a renewal...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love to feel the warmth, and to see plants start to come alive again :)

      blessed

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      Lovely lens. Thanks for the spring gift!

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      March flowers and then followed by April Showers are such a welcom change from the dreary Winter scene. Thanks for sharing these cheery photos.

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      GOT LM 5 years ago

      Nice flowers

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      What a wonderful site to discover on the first day of spring.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      Quite lovely, and congratulations on your Purple Star

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      seosri417 5 years ago

      very beautiful lens, attractive flowers...

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      seojyo 5 years ago

      awesome lens

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      RetroMom 5 years ago

      I never knew that March birth flower was Daffodil. Actually I never knew there was birth flowers so thanks for sharing. This is a very interesting lens and the photos are beautiful!

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Love your lens! Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great job and a very beautiful lens indeed

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      Lauriej1 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens and great pics!! :)

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      cajkovska lm 5 years ago

      I enjoyed my visit here and now I go outside in my garden, to check out what is new...:)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Its always nice to visit an article with so many things in it. Was wowed at the amount of photos here! *blessed by a squid angel*

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      srsddn lm 5 years ago

      Your lens is quite refreshing to eyes. Enjoying pansies galore. Earlier during the month enjoyed rose festival in the city.

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      Patricia 5 years ago

      We have daffodils around here and cherry blossom trees and pansies that I have noticed and photographed. I am hoping to see tulips soon! Great lens! Blessed!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      I love all spring flowers and the earths awakening from the hard, cold winters. It is difficult to choose just one flower, but I think I would have to say the daffodil. It is the first to bloom in my area.

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      tssfacts 5 years ago

      It is very hard to pick a favorite March flower. I must say that I do miss living in an area that has seasons. But I do like my FL weather too.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      My dear! I am there ... er, here! Just was out in my garden which thus far is the front yard walkway ... yellow daisies and yellow african marigolds ... I'm up next for daffodils and gerbera daisies! Lovely, lovely page.

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      So much great gardening advice and inspiration. All I need now is the perspiration!

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      VSP 5 years ago

      Lovely pictures. After roses, pansies and daffodils are my favorites.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens. Great pictures. Spring is here at Squidoo.

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      entertainmentev 5 years ago

      I love March. In Washington, DC it's such a beautiful time for the Cherry Blossoms. It's brings everyone out of their houses and I love it.

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      Great tips, beautiful flowers! Enjoyed your article.

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      qasimalhammad 5 years ago

      great article and beautiful photos of flowers.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Nothing like a beautiful, colorful spring in the garden. Lovely pictures! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      poutine 5 years ago

      I love to see all the tiny plants coming out of the ground.

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      lilymom24 5 years ago

      March is a little too early for any blooms here but if I'm lucky, I might be able to see a tiny bit of green poking up through the dirt. I'm definitely dreaming about my garden. Very pretty lens. =)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Summer starts @ March for my part of the world! I can only thank you for adding a 'spring' to my step! I liked my walk into this part of fresh and flowery weather! :)

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      Peta Panos 5 years ago from Norway

      Great lens - I cant wait for Spring!!

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      Nicole Pellegrini 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Today's my day to get outside and start cleaning up the flower beds. Our tulips are just starting to come up and it's exciting after all the planting I did last fall.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      I love spring! Here in Colorado not much happens, garden-wise, until much later in April.

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      poppy mercer 5 years ago from London

      Just off out to see the flowers waking up...lovely flower pics, lovely spring lens

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      Joan4 5 years ago

      Spring is my favorite season too, and the flowers are just gorgeous on this page. Just a few weeks and I will see them for real!

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      Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

      I love spring! And cant wait until my spring plants start to bloom!

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      pkmcr 5 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Spring is my favourite season of the year as we see all the cherry blossom and the daffodils fill the garden and roads with colour. Lovely lens and really colourful and spring like :-)

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      jolou 5 years ago

      Spring is my favorite season. I love the blossoms and flowers, and warmer sunny days. Love your lens, it's so cheerful and pretty.