There are many more hardy perennial flowers in March. March is synonymous with blustery and breezy days. There’s the stirring of new life and dew wet mornings. The sap is rising and buds are swelling. Frosty mornings give us a nip in the air. While a little warm sunshine coaxes the flowers to open and encourages the bees out of their winter slumber ...along with the gardener!
I’m never all that sure when to start calling it Spring. As far as the UK Met Office are concerned we’re already in spring but astronomically we’ve still got to wait another 5 days for the equinox. Here on the blog I use the meteorological seasons dividing each year into 4 equal season of 3 months each. So whether it’s still late winter or early spring with you – here in Perthshire we’ve had some lovely spring-like weather. Even the native dandelions, coltsfoot and lesser celandine have started to flower in the hedgerows While here in the garden there’s lots of floral eye candy appearing.
Yesterday evening I popped out and took a few very quick snapshots of the garden to let you see what’s in bloom for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – 15th March 2014. The ground was much too damp to lie on to spend time taking ‘arty’ shots of the flowers and it was just so windy.
Hardy Perennial Flowers
|Hardy perennial flowers: Lenten roses and Cowslips|
There are the dark coloured Helleborus hybridus – Lenten roses contrasting with the yellow Primula veris ‘Cabrillo’ – cowslips.
This is actually where there’s some real candy as the native cowslip flowers and leaves are supposed to taste sweet (I’ve never tried) and sometimes they are used as cake decorations and in herbal teas. I’m not so sure if it’s the same with this commercial ‘Cabrillo’ variety of cowslip and I don’t have much of an adventurous palette to want to find out.
|Cyclamen coum | Sowbread|
Then there’s a little pocket of pink from the Cyclamen coum as seen through one of the Stipa grasses.
|Daphne mezereum ‘Rubra’ with its fragrant purple red blooms|The Daphne mezereum ‘Rubra’ has actually flowered! I took a chance last year and moved this shrub as it was growing in too windy a location. It’s growth pattern was developing quite a windswept look with a distinct horizontal appearance. A little tweaking of the rootball when replanting made sure that it would grow vertically from now on in it’s new home. This plant hates root disturbance so hopefully it will forgive and forget that move and thrive at least a few more years in the garden. (edit to add that it hated the move and eventually died.)
|The Corkscrew hazel commonly known as Harry Lauder’s walking stick|
The Corkscrew hazel – Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ has started to unfurl its male catkins.
|Hardy perennial flowers: Hellebore niger with Muscari armeniacum ‘Valerie Finnis’|
Hellebore niger is in flower in different parts of the garden. While some of the forced powder blue grape hyacinths have now been planted outdoors. The Muscari armeniacum ‘Valerie Finnis’ bulbs which weren’t forced for winter flowering will probably be in bloom by the end of March.
|Forsythia ‘Weekend’, Tête-à-tête daffodils, Pink Anemone blanda (top row)|
Witch hazel ‘Orange Beauty’, Pulmonaria rubra, Hellebore ‘Tutu’ and Crocus (bottom row)
Then there’s an array of colour from the yellow Forsythia x intermedia ‘Week End’, the Narcissus ‘Tête-à-tête’ and the perfumed Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Orange Beauty’.
There are clumps of the Pulmonaria rubra growing in the wet and shady parts of the garden. This plant starts to bloom in January though it has coarse green leaves rather than spotted ones. While Helleborus orientalis ‘Tutu’ and Crocus chrysanthus ‘Cream Beauty’ brighten up the area near the Silver Pear Tree.
|pale pink hellebore growing alongside snowflake bulbs|
The pale pink hellebore is a seedling from the garden having the darker Lenten rose and white Hellebore niger as parents. While the spring snowflakes – Leucojum vernum grow between the two hellebores.
Snowdrops and Pulmonaria
|single flowering snowdrops – Galanthus nivalis|
There are lots of snowdrops in the garden.While some have finished flowering in the sunnier parts of the garden. These ones grow in the shade along side the Pulmonaria officinalis.
|Hardy perennial flowers: Snowdrops and Pulmonaria flowers|
Daffodils and Crocus
|I was surprised to see the Tête-à-tête daffodils start to flower in the last week of February in this container. I’ve had these bulbs in this container for a couple of years.|
The early flowering Tête-à-tête daffodils feature quite a bit in the garden at this time of year in containers and in the flower borders.
|Primrose Emily, stipa grass, yellow crocus and snowdrops|
The crocus season is nearly at an end now but I love this combination of the stipa grasses, Primula ‘Emily’, and daffodils contrasting with the lilac Crocus tommasinianus ‘Whitewell Purple’. If you remember back to my last post – Winter on the Wane I didn’t think these crocus would even flower this year as I only planted them in December … one of those bargain buys! Most crocus experts will tell you that you need to plant crocus as soon as possible in early autumn. Just like the Daphne I seem to have got away with it this time!
What about you … are there any signs of Spring appearing in your garden just yet or are you still in the grips of Winter?