much more the seasonal norm. At least the fruit buds won't be fooled into opening too early and we might even get some plums this year. Looking back at the March Spring blooms in 2011 is a much better comparison rather than March 2012 as the weather and temperatures are very similar. Though we do have an exceptional arctic windchill at the moment with more snow forecast.
The first three photographs were taken earlier in the week:
|Cyclamen coum in the snow |
You can read the technical details behind the cyclamen macro on this Google + post.
The Daphne mezereum 'Rubra' grows beside the Hammelis 'Pallida' and a white Hellebore niger. It's in a windswept area so it never manages to grow with very vertical straight stems.
|Daphne mezereum 'rubra'|
These little Seiber crocus bulbs could do with being moved in the autumn and planted next to the Tete a Tete daffodils.
|Crocus sieberi subsp. sublimis 'Tricolor' | Seiber's Crocus / Cretan Crocus / Snow Crocus|
This evening after the rain had stopped I popped out to photograph more of these March weather resistant blooms!
This flower border is under the Weeping Silver pear tree and you can see the buds forming on the Fothergilla shrub to the right in the photo. Lots of different colours of crocus grow here along with many clumps of early flowering 'Tête-à-tête' daffodils. Hellebore orientalis 'Tutu' was planted here two years ago and it's quite unusual as it has pink double pleated centres.
|Helleborus orientalis 'Tutu' |
While Primrose Emily has pale yellow petals with a darker yellow centre.
Other shrubs still in flower are Witchhazel 'Pallida' and 'Orange Beauty'. Witchhazel 'Diane' has turned more orangey shades as the flowers age and Witchhazel 'Jelena' has now finished flowering.
|Top: Reddish orange Hammelis x intermedia 'Diane' |
Bottom left: Pale lemon Hammelis x intermedia 'Pallida' with the Daphne shrub at its base
Bottom right: Deep yellow Hammelis x intermedia 'Orange Beauty'
|Galanthus nivalis | native snowdrops growing alongside the red foliage from Euphorbia amygdaloides 'Rubra'|
There are also many clumps of Erica heather in flower.
|Pink and White Erica carnea|
My favourite little iris bulbs Iris reticulata 'Katharine Hodgkin' are back in flower again though the clumps are getting a bit overcrowded and need thinned out.
The spring snowflakes are slow to establish though they seem to be able to cope with the high water table in the part of the garden I call Muddy Boots Shade Garden.
|Leucojum vernum | Spring snowflakes|
Finally I'll leave you with the Hellebore orientalis 'Picotee' basking in the evening golden light with the purple and yellow crocus in the background.
|Hellebore orientalis 'Picotee'|
What have you got in flower in your garden in March?
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- Oh go on........click here to have a look at all those blooms basking in the glorious sunlight in March 2012!