If the calender hadn't told me it's March in my garden then the swathes of gorgeous flowers giving it a spring glow up would do so. There's colour everywhere, which is always a welcome sight at this time of year. I've written before about the rewards bulbs and corms give for very little effort, and this month's fabulous display is no exception. Apologies in advance for a very photo-heavy post!
What's flowering now?
While the daffodil is probably the flower most people associate with March (as well as being St David's flower), my garden stars are hellebores (see cover pic). I have several varieties of this lovely perennial dotted around our garden, both in sun and shade, and they are absolutely stunning just now. They're incredibly good natured too, needing little maintenance other than a light prune to remove the previous year's leaves each December/January.
Another low maintenance perennial is my Raspberry Splash lungwort (Pulmonaria). A shade lover, the beautiful white spotted green leaves make a lovely contrast to the delicate little red flowers, which will turn blue over time.
So what about those Spring bulbs? Well, the predominantly blue colours are coming from the grape hyacinths (Muscari) which I have in pots and underplanting some of our shrubs. They’re supremely easy to grow and come back year on year.
And scattered through the grass are some blue chionodoxa forbesii, some pink chionodoxa luciliae, and some blue anemone blanda (windflowers) under the foot of a tree.
Over the years we’ve planted thousands of daffodil bulbs in pots and throughout the garden and orchard. Some are tall, vase-ready plants, some are smaller bedside posie-sized, but all are blazing joyously in their various locations. My favourite is the centre picture, I just adore this shaggy, raggedy little flower. I don’t know what variety it is but it’s a little beauty.
What's sprouting now?
Pretty much everything! I hard pruned our buddleias last month and they’re putting on new growth at an alarming rate. All the roses are growing fresh new leaves and it will be time to transplant my three new rose plants (grown from cuttings taken last year) soon. I just don’t know where though as they’ll become eight foot scramblers in time. It was a cuttings experiment that I didn’t think would work so well!
If you read last month’s post, you may remember I went on a little bulb and plant spending spree for my birthday 🙂 Planting bulbs and corms is absolutely back-breaking work, but not this year thanks to my wonderful