End Of Month – March 2013
I’m trying very hard not to sound like a broken record; so perhaps I’ll just stick to the facts…
The garden seems to be in a state of torpor; Snowdrops are still blooming and have survived the recent snow where the crocuses have not. Many of the Tommies are pretty piles of purple mush.
On Sunday much of the snow finally melted, with the very back of the back garden and the entire front still under snow/ice. So, sadly there are no photos of Hellebores, Primulas, Anemones, Pulmonaria and whatever else. I’m not sure if this is showing a true picture of the current state of the garden or not. After all, the blooms are there; they’re just currently hidden/mush.
The few Kerria buds that were open have been burnt in the cold, but there are plenty more buds bursting forth too so perhaps another few days and we’ll have some more golden pompoms.
I will have to check on the Forget-Me-Nots, they’ve already been heavily damaged by the snow and I fear will now have been finished off. These were white ones I sowed last year, so will not be easily replaced by getting some off my parents. It will have to wait anyway, because the ground is still too hard to make any attempt at planting.
At least the birds seem to think spring is upon us… Watching them in the garden today; there’s loads of Blackbirds (don’t often see more than a pair at any one time), they’re fighting and gathering nesting material. There’s one male with no tail, so I’m assuming he won’t find a mate this year! The BBs are still chasing the poor Song Thrushes, Dunnocks are flicking their tails and wings at each other (mating dance), Wrens have been flitting around chasing each other too (are you noticing a theme here?). Lots of tits coming in and out, including Long-Tailed Tits and the Goldfinches are back. I’ve regularly heard Greenfinches in the trees but haven’t seen any on the feeders for a few months. I’ve even had Starlings in collecting nest material; not unusual for many of you but ours only ever visit the garden a) for nesting and b) fledglings out of the nest for a week or two, then never again.
I don’t mention the Sparrows because they’re always here, OK so they’re also chasing each other and having little fights in the hedges – I wonder if it’s like gangs going against each other as there’s often groups of them spatting.
I wouldn’t really call Tommasninianus ‘Ruby Giant’ a giant… It’s slightly larger than Barr’s Purple or Whitewell Purple, but I wouldn’t say it’s giant by any stretch. I think overall I prefer the softer purple than these.
There’s little point posting photos of the borders this month, most of interest are under snow still 0 such as the back borders and front garden. Those which aren’t, do have some blooms but are generally just as brown as last month.
Those Crocuses which have survived look just as beautiful as before… However, it’s easy to see the mushy ones beneath… Or, most patches actually look like the right image. Not so pretty.