Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – March 2015
When I sit back and reflect, it doesn’t feel like there’s much difference since last month.
But that can’t be true, can it? After all, we’ve had Snowdrops, Irises and the Croci are coming to an end, yet to look out at the garden there still isn’t much in bloom! It’s just the luck of the draw. And as it happens, we’re hitting a lull before everything else arrives – Anemones, Bluebells, Tulips etc.
So really all we have are Hellebores, early Narcissi, Winter Jasmine and Crocus flowering.
That being said, there’s plenty of other things happening instead. Such as leaves on Cotoneaster emerging, new growth on Clematis, Roses, Bleeding Heart, Sedum and Sanguisorba… So it really things are happening, and green is slowly returning. Just not enough for it to be really obvious quite yet.
Crocus Tommasinianus ‘Ruby Giant’ has bulked up nicely, in fact this year ruby giant has been my best performing Crocus with a number of large groups brightening up both the front and back gardens.
Try not to get too excited about the Fritillaria… This one was bought in the green for vases. My actual Frits are still in bud and will probably bloom in a couple of weeks.
This year, the double purples are really small, and there aren’t many of them. I’ve no idea why they’d be upset this year… Here’s hoping they are OK next year and I don’t lose it completely.
The Hellebore in the central photo isn’t in bloom yet, but I’ve put it here because I’m so pleased it’s managed to produce a flower. This one I had assumed we’d lost when I dug it up and placed it in a pot. The plant was pretty much dead after moving, but there’s plenty of leaves emerging and this tiny little flower.
Below we have, I believe ‘Double Pink’. I’m pretty certain, but I could be wrong.
I’ve seen a number of Bees around already, not yet the typical bumbles, but these rusty-coloured queen bees. She’s often spotted ‘sleeping’ in the Croci, probably because it’s often still a little chilly. A few days ago I went to cut some Crocuses for vases and I found her sleeping in one which was almost fully closed.
And, I saw my first Wasp! It’s very early for wasps… usually I don’t see any until at least May.
The first few blooms on Geum have been slightly damaged when the temperatures have dipped, however with buds looming, it won’t be long before I have new, pristine blooms. Again, this is very early. Even the repeated snow hits didn’t kill off the blooms.
I have to wonder whether it’ll bloom itself to death and die by the end of this season.