10 families flowering on Saturday.

As there is so much flowering away at the moment in my garden I have decided to join in with  Chloris at The Blooming Garden and her “10 Flowers on Saturday” meme, held on the 23rd of each month

At no 1 is the Prunus family and I’ll start with Prunus Kojo-no-mai as it is looking so lovely at the moment.

Prunus Kojo-no-mai is looking beautiful at the moment. I don’t think it has ever had so many flowers before, possibly due to the hot weather last summer ripening the wood maybe.

This is the first time it has been such a mass of blossom.

Such lovely dainty flowers. I had discused with Neil whether we should trim some of the branches and thin its crown…..I think it heard us and decided it wants to be left alone!

Also in the prunus family is the common Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa.

I wonder how many sloes will form for someone’s gin?

The cherry by the gateway is just starting to flower with its beautiful blossoms.

Soon the tree will be covered in blossom.

No 2 is the Primula family which seem to like my soil, so I’ve planted plenty of them!

I’m trying to encourage drifts of plants into the garden, rather than lots of different ones. It is slowly working, allowing plants to set seed and moving seedlings where necessary. Seedlings of these primroses have been moved to the woodland. Gardening certainly teaches me patience!

A double blue, soon to be moved to the rockery where I’ll be able to see it better.

Primula sibthorpii which is always my first primula to flower.

Primula Guinivere, I love this one with its dark coloured leaves.

The first of my drumstick primulas to flower, more to come I hope.

A cheerful purple primula on the rockery, obviously happy as it is spreading so much.

And a blue one to keep it company.

A lovely Jack in the Green type of primrose which has some of the petals green like the leaves.

No 3 are my Fritillaries which just keep on getting better and better each year.

Both anemone nemerosa and fritillaria meleagris are spreading nicely.

I do like it when white ones appear.

We also get a few pale purple ones.

Rusty pheasant has done a good job so far.

No 4 are the wood anemones, Anemone nemerosa, which are spreading beautifully in the woodland.

They have made a lovely patch in amongst the fritillaries.

no 5 are masses of different narcissus which are evrywhere.

Two more plants that look well together and are increasing nicely. Scilla siberica is now seeding everywhere, in the scree bed and the rockery either side. The tiny narcissus bulbs are multiplying by themselves.

By themselves in a corner of the back garden is Narcissus Mrs. Backhouse. She looks so pretty by herself, I must buy some more to keep her company. I wasn’t too sure of the colouring when I first bought the bulbs, but now, on aquaintance, I really like her.

Mrs. Backhouse complements the colour of Heuchera Rio in front of it.

Narcissus Geranium is adding colour to various beds.

St. Patrick’s Day is still going strong.

Such a tiny flower on this narcissus, I think it might be Silver Chimes, but what a fantastic perfume!

N. Thalia is increasing nicely round the garden.

No 6 are the Scillas which are making themselves at home on the scree and beyond!

They are so happy that they are seeding everywhere!

No 7 are the Leucojum aestivum which are increasing nicely and now need splitting again.

I have quite a few clumps of the so called summer snowflake, Leucojum aestivum, in the woodland. They increase very quickly and I think my clumps can do with being split again, more drifts forming.

In the damper end of the woodland, the flowers are twice as tall as the ones at the drier end.

no 8 is the Corydalis on the side of the ditch.

Corydalis solida which has established itself on the slope down to the ditch in front of the woodland, it is seedling about happily.

But the seedlings are coming up in different colours!

No 9 is the first of my Acers to come into leaf and flower.

The red flowers are ever so tiny on Acer Sango Kaku.

And last at no 10 is the Chaenomeles by the back door.

I can’t leave out the Chaenomeles, this has been flowering non stop since November, it is a really wonderful plant and I’m so glad the previous people planted it.

There we have it, the 10 families of flowers that are brightening up our dull March weather. Every day something new opens up at this time of year, it is so worth it to go for a wander round the garden each day.

Do join in with Chloris and see lots of other lovely flowers for March

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18 Responses to 10 families flowering on Saturday.

  1. Jeanette says:

    So many beautiful things blooming at the same time!

  2. Kris P says:

    What a wonderful range of flowers you have! I wish I had a cherry tree (or 2) but they’re hard to grow in my warm, drought-plagued part of the world (coastal Southern California). I did plant Spanish bluebells and Leucojum this past fall. They’re only just now starting to bloom and I don’t expect them to be very impressive this year but I have high hopes for their performance in future years. Happy Spring!

    • Pauline says:

      Many thanks Kris, there is a lot going on at the moment. We seldom have to cope with a drought living here in the UK, it does sometimes happen though and then my plants aren’t happy, they are used to a lot of rain! Leucojum like moisture retentive soil, so I hope you can keep yours happy!

  3. Denise says:

    I really am at a loss Pauline… so many beautiful flowers and combinations, I don’t know where to start! Mrs Backhouse is every pretty and I would happily add her to my garden. All the beautiful primulas and a lovely Fritillary display. Enjoy…..

    • Pauline says:

      It’s a wonderful time of year Denise, something new every day. I debated over Mrs. Backhouse as I’ve always thought that daffodils should be yellow or white, but I’m getting used to the pink and white, as long as there isn’r any yellow near it! The primulas love my heavy soil so I search for different members of the family that would like it here too. I think I can spread the fritillary seed further in the woodland this year, I have more room now that I have extended the path, so we will see what comes up in a few years time.

  4. Chloris says:

    Thank you for joining in and sharing your lovely March blooms Pauline. There is so much going on in your garden, your woodland garden sounds wonderful. We share a love of primroses and corydalis. I have fallen for your Mrs. Backhouse, she’s going on next year’s bulb list. Your fritillaries are wonderful, I find most of mine with neatly bitten off flower heads. Do you think your nice rusty pheasant really works at keeping the real pheasants off? This year is wonderful for blossom, the white cherry seems early.

    • Pauline says:

      It’s a pleasure Chloris when the garden has so much to offer. I have to be honest, I haven’t heard a pheasant on the field next door for quite a while so maybe rusty pheasant could be pensioned off, but you never know! I think we are going to have a bumper crop of blossom this year, thanks to the heat last summer.

  5. Diana Studer says:

    Drumsticks are rather fun, a quite different shape.

  6. Cathy says:

    What a lovely selection you have, Pauline (even though there is still a problem with some of the photos – I am replying from my tablet and must double check on my tablet). Your fritillaries are ahead of mine which are just coming into bud, and my A nemerosa are only just pushing above soil level so it is good to see yours. It is interesting what you say about leucojum

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Cathy, this is such a wonderful time of year, when everything is pushing up and opening. I’m still waiting for A. nemerosa Robinsoniana, the leaves are there but no sign of flowers yet.
      Sorry there are still problems with the photos, I can assure you they are there at this end, my son is coming for a visit next weekend, I’ll add it to the list of things for him to do for me!

  7. Frank says:

    What a beautiful time of year in your garden. I agree that the drifts of primula look much better than single plants, but as you say it does take patience. Good thing they enjoy your soil, that’s more than I can say here!
    That quince is amazing, and seems to bloom forever!
    Love the seeing the fritillaria every spring.

    • Pauline says:

      It is a truly wonderful time of year Frank, with new flowers opening every day, sometimes I wish it would all slow down a bit. It took me quite a long time to find out which plants liked my soil, my previous garden had been almost sand, just the opposite! The fritillaries will have the next post to themselves.

  8. snowbird says:

    Oh, so many delights! Your Fritillaries are gorgeous, one of my favourite spring blooms. Mine are out and a pheasant has appeared….sighs. Mrs backhouse is adorable, the nicest I’ve ever seen!xxx

    • Pauline says:

      The fritillaries will have the next post all to themselves Dina! I think they are at their peak now, so sorry to hear that you have a pheasant, how do they know just when to come?!

  9. Jason says:

    Those tiny Daffodils are marvelous, and I love the blue Primula!

    • Pauline says:

      The tiny daffodil has such a wonderful perfume Jason and the blue primula was rescued from a bargain table at the local nursery for 50p, it was well worth buying!

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