Friday, 15 March 2013

Whats in bloom in March

Welcome back again to my Perthshire wildlife garden and I've some lovely little blooms for you to enjoy today.  The garden is slowly springing into colour and it's wonderful to enjoy daylight a little longer as each week goes by.  The weather hasn't made it easy to do much gardening as we've had freezing temperatures and snow but it certainly is a joy to look out through the windows and see life returning to the flower borders again.  Last March you would've got a suntan here in Perthshire and for a few days we were warmer than California and Cyprus. The plants hadn't a clue what had happened and neither did the wildlife.  Fast forward to March 2013 and it's
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 macro in the snow
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'
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
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.

Tete a tete daffodils in flower in March
Narcissus 'Tête-à-tête' 
Helleborus orientalis 'Tutu' 

These are reliable little hardy perennial primulas.  They are planted all over the garden and flower intermittently throughout the year.  Primrose Heritage has pale lemon petals and an orange centre. 

Primrose Emily and Primrose Heritage flowers

 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.

witch hazels in bloom in March
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'
Snowdrops are popping up all over the place along with lots of hellebores that are left every year to seed around in the garden. 

There are also many clumps of Erica heather in flower.

Pink and White Erica carnea
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.

Iris reticulata 'Katharine Hodgkin'
Iris reticulata 'Katharine Hodgkin'

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 var. carpathicum
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'
Hellebore orientalis 'Picotee'
Hellebore orientalis 'Picotee' 

All of these plants are H4 | H5  - click here to read more about Scottish Hardiness Ratings.

What have you got in flower in your garden in March?

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Rosie is a passionate wildlife gardener in Scotland, a Perthshire / Tayside flower and garden photographer and writer.  She enjoys soaking up nature in her own garden and is easily distracted from doing the weeding by anything that buzzes, creeps, crawls or flutters. She enjoys sharing the beauty of creation through her photography.

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You have so much going on in your garden and your spring blooms are lovely. This year is definitely more in line with 2011 and spring is taking its time with anticipation of blooms ahead. We are just getting some signs of spring now with hyacinth and crocus awakening in the garden. Happy GBBD!

Oh, so many sweet blooms, Rosie! We have one tiny bloom in all of our acreage... but then snow has been a constant blanket since mid-December.

You've got so many absolutely beautiful signs of Spring popping up. Gorgeous flowers!

Really beautiful Rosie, I am a fan of 'Tutu', didn't expect to be but I had one in my old garden, and I am now missing her. That daphne is an amazing colour, and I have never seen crocuses like those 'Tricolor' before. Lovely dose of Spring.

Rosie, perhaps the more normal March weather will give us a better Summer this year. I am really interested in your Katharine Hodgkin naturalising so well. At the moment I am banging on as to how I have to treat them as an annual. Perhaps KH is stronger than some of the other Reticulatas.


It must be stronger - I have only two blue reticulata's showing this year. Just like you they are not long lived here. I didn't even bother to photograph the one that's in flower!

@Janet/Plantaliscious I bought those tricolour ones years ago Janet. Now that the border they are in is more pinks and whites I'll have to move them in a few weeks to a new home.

@Bernie H It looks alot when on a blog post but are lovely to look out on especially when the weathers not great - like today!

@Carolyn ♥ Oh I'm sure you'll be glad when the thaw starts.

@Landscape Design By Lee I'm so glad of that Lee as I don't want a late spring like last year as we were back to wearing thermals and the fruit blossoms all were damaged by the frosts.

Your photos are simply beautiful, Rosie! You've really put me into a spring mood, although it's gray and cloudy here, with more snow in the forecast. Love your hellebores!

Rosie, your garden is gorgeous! I can't believe that even with the snow and cold you have so many things in bloom. I can't wait to see what April and May look like!

I have never seen a tricolor crocus before I expect it looks even more amazing when it is fully open.

Your March flowers are gorgeous as are your photos. Valerie

Wow Rosie your blooms are looking amazing. I'm astounded that a garden can look so much like a paint palette at this time of year - in Scotland.
I need to do some serious planning now and get some spring plants into my own garden. Other than Daffs, I'll have no colour until the Aquilegia that has self seeded the entire garden comes to life in a month or so.
Thank you for sharing your lovely images.



That weather forecast of yours is just what I'm looking out on though our snow turned to sleet quickly yesterday. It's wonderful what a little bit of colour can do for our moods!

@Jessica Thank you Jessica - it gets to be a problem later on in the year as I just can't fit everything that's in flower in one blog post :)

@elaine rickett Elaine look out for them this autumn as I see them for sale every year. I'll post a few photos soon on facebook......just patiently waiting for some sun to appear so that they even open those buds! wet, cold and dull here today.

@Linda Claxson Thanks Linda - it's very much a clash of colours in the spring! I had to dig out loads of those columbines last year as the seedling were all a similar dusky pink colour. You should be able to pick up some bargain spring bulbs soon as many have been grown under cover and GC's/shops/nurseries will be reducing them once the flowers start to die away.

I am envious. You live so far north compared to me and your spring garden is looking wonderful, while I still have brown garden and bare twigs, sigh. Hope your week is great. Jen

I love all the spring colour in your garden and your photography is amazing!


I so love your pink Erica Heather, and the tri-colored Crocus.

Your macro shot of the Cyclamen is both exquisite and sensuous. Whew!


Such lovely signs of spring Rosie. I used to grow Iris reticulata but it is not reliable hardy here. Spring is such a marvelous time of year. Love the fourth photo.

Rosie, your photographs are just incredible.

Its wonderful to see so much colour in your garden already.

Daphne and Hammelis together, wow I could get high on that perfume combination.


Lovely flowers, no doubt about that. Such a wonderful Sieber crocus, as the corms of Sieber’s crocus are edible, apparently tasting of hazelnuts, and are eaten raw by mountain shepherds in Greece.

Hi Rosie, Happy Easter, at last what you've been waiting for already arrived producing a lot of shots for the soul. That snowflakes, i thought before is also a snowdrop, wonder about the differences. Thanks also for the photo information in G+

WOW!! Stunning images and lovely flowers..