Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day – March 2013
What’s going on this month? Much of the same since January, really.
Snowdrops are still with us… How long is that now?? Regardless, the garden marches on, the days continue to lengthen and yup, the snow continues to return time and again.
This time, we didn’t have any problems and for once I’m actually feeling kinda smug about that fact… However, I can empathise with those in the south and large areas of Europe.
Needless to say, temperatures are hovering barely over 0, but are due to get up to around 8/9 by the weekend; let’s ignore the windchill factor, shall we. On Monday I actually had icicles hanging off my car when I left work… There’s a first!
Comparing it to this time last year when we were happily enjoying a very warm early spring… I hadn’t used my coat in weeks and was considering rain to purely be an urban myth. In terms of blooms though, there wasn’t much difference between the years… Granted, trees and shrubs had tender leaves on them, and I also had Anemone, Tulipa Turkestanica, Pulmonaria, Aubtieta, Muscari, Fuji Cherry and Forsythia in bloom… These plants are almost there, the only one not almost blooming yet is Turkestanica.
I have managed to tidy some of the garden, cut many plants back and placed the dead cuttings over the soil – rightly assuming the cold weather hadn’t yet left us. Today I intended to pop out and move/plant some things but as the Hellebores were still face-down in the ground, obviously the soil was frozen. Tulips this year are going to be very few; the wet summer has done them no good so I might attempt to buy some in the green…
Right now I am so pleased I went on a ‘gottagetmoarHellebores’ mission last year. Some came in lucky dip type bundles, which is great… However it means I don’t truly know what I’ve got!
I’m not yet ready to give up taking Snowdrop photos…. So you’ll have to humour me for a little longer… Of course I’m also trying to show off the Primula in the background too.
I know it seems terrible that I don’t know which Crocuses I have in the garden, but in my defence the yellow was brought with me from years ago… I think I must’ve bought it at least 10 years ago now… The reason for the questionmark next to the Tommy is because last autumn I had the bright idea of not only ordering one type of Tommy, or two types, but THREE types. And I’ve noticed a vast difference between this shade of purple and the rest so I’m going to assume it’s ‘Ruby Giant’. The other two are ‘Whitewell Purple’ and ‘Barr’s Purple’ which seem to be pretty much the same shade.
(Oh and I’ve also discovered I didn’t order Galanthus ‘Nivalis’ but ‘Ikariae/Woronowii instead!!! Did someone drug me at the time??? I always stick to the same Tommy and Snowdrops!)
Oh well, back to the photos.
Although technically not a bloom, the colours Pheasant’s Tail Grass are well worthy of a mention… Previously I’ve cut this one back as it almost died in a very hard winter a few seasons ago… it’s bounced back nicely and I’m wondering whether to cut it again or leave it this year? There doesn’t really seem to be any dead blades so I don’t think it’s necessary.
Of course I have to feature an Iris… Boring I know; but this is attempting to be a true portrayal of what’s in bloom… So, Iris Reticulata and a shy little Muscari bloom getting ready to shine.
Meanwhile other Daffs/Narcissi aren’t quite in bloom… I think these below are ones that were already here when we moved in and are the classic large solid yellow types. Anemone blanda is almost in bloom, and the never ending blooms of Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ are still with us.
Finally, I’ll finish with the obligatory Snowdrop image, and of course Crocus Tommasinianus.
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