For over a week now we have had lovely warm sunshine, it has been wonderful working in the garden without a coat and feeling the sun on my back once more. Bit by bit, all the tidying jobs that we weren’t able to do because of the non stop rain over the winter, are now getting done. I think I can say that half the garden is looking nice and tidy. If the lovely weather continues, then maybe in another week I will have a tidy garden once more! The sunshine has made such a difference to the flowers, lots are now flowering, but most of the snowdrops are now over, they don’t like the hot sun! I will start with G.Baxendales Late, the only one that is still looking bright and perky.
Spreading more and more in the woodland is Cardamine pratensis, the bees are loving this. Can’t see any nibbles on the leaves which would be from the Orange Tip butterfly caterpillars, I hope they are there somewhere.
Still pumping out her perfume in the woodland is Daphne bholua Jacqueline Postill, when the wind is in the right direction, the perfume is almost overpowering!
At last, my Hamamellis mollis is starting to flower. Normally this is the first of my Witch Hazels to flower, but not this year, it is lagging far behind.
Lots of the ordinary spotty dotty pulmonarias are keeping the bees very happy. This has seeded around so much, each year when I need a space to plant something new, a few come out to make room, but we always seem to still have plenty.
A pretty Prunus which was planted long before we arrived on the scene. This tree was planted in the bog garden, which is always very wet, it was too big to move when we came, I expected it to die from drowning, but it is doing better each year, maybe because I have planted so many other plants round it to soak up all the water!
This Camellia was one of the first plants I bought when we moved here, it is now a very large shrub which we can see from the house, it now forms a screen between us and the new neighbours!
Starting to run around quite a bit so I will need to keep an eye on Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae. It’s good for covering soil in dry shade.
Cheery little Narcissus Tete a Tete are opening up everywhere in the garden making pools of sunshine in the shade.
Down by the entrance, double Kerriya japonica is now flowering, there are lots more buds to open, so the shrub should be flowering for quite some time.
The first primula to flower in the garden here is Primula sibthorpii, this can now be split so that I can plant some of it elsewhere in the garden.
Chionodoxas are now flowering, this one is on the alpine scree and is seeding about nicely, making more flowers for me.
Corydalis Beth Evans in the woodland looks like a shrub in this photo, she is only 6inches high!
Anemone blanda likes the sunny patches in the woodland, turning their little faces to the sun.
Also in the woodland are cowslips (in the background) and false oxlips. The false oxlips are formed when a primrose is crossed with a cowslip, we have lots of both in the woodland. The false oxlips have the height and the flower cluster from the cowslip and the colouring and size of each individual flower from the primrose.
More dainty blue flowers of Scilla siberica, I really must buy more of these, the blue is such a stunning colour.
I know I have been showing you this Chaenomeles by the back door for months now, it has been absolutely fantastic this winter, with virtually no frost to stop it flowering, it really has been amazing, needless to say, the bees love it.
Wild primroses in the front garden, this is where we get loads of seedlings that can be spread round the garden, there always seem to be a never ending supply of them!
Just outside the entrance is a hedge of Blackthorn deposited here by the birds I think. They weren’t here when we moved in , they just came gradually, spreading down the side of the field, they’re very pretty at this time of year.
By our garage is a Berberis bush, another that the bees are loving at the moment.
Along with the chaenomeles by the backdoor, Viburnum Dawn has been flowering all winter in our hedge by the field. This has to cope with the north and east winds so some of the flowers do go brown, but there are always lots that escape the winds.
Ypsilandra always amazes me by flowering in March with its 6 inch high bottlebrush flowers. This looks as if it might be big enough to split now so that I can have some in the woodland, they are a shade loving flower.
Erysimum Bowles Mauve just doesn’t know when to stop flowering, this is another that has benefited from our mild winter and the bees have benefited from the flowers.
The little shrub Prunus Kojo no mai has just started flowering, another week and it should be covered in flowers. Such a pretty shrub.
More blue flowers on Brunnera Jack Frost, the leaves are so pretty too, they usually feature in Garden Bloggers Foliage Day.
Tiny flowers on Lithodora Heavenly Blue nestling between the bronze leaves of Celandine Brazen Huzzy.
More tiny pale blue flowers on a violet in the woodland. Violet leaves are used by the Silver Washed Fritillary butterfly for laying their eggs.
In the woodland Narcissus pseudo narcissus have taken over from the snowdrops, making everywhere yellow where once it was white.
Still in the woodland, the wood Anemone is spreading around the woodland floor showing its star like flowers.
Euphorbia mellifera flowers have the most divine honey perfume that travels quite a distance on the breeze. My bush is in the back garden, but at this time of year, if the wind is coming from the west, I can smell it by the garage when putting my car away, approx 80ft away.
Lovely little Veronica which grows over a small wall edging the patio, another of my small blue flowers, there seem to be quite a few of them at this time of year.
Having just done a post about Hellebores, this can be my token Hellebore, representing all the others. They certainly bring colour to shady borders at this time of year.
I was cutting back my Rosemary the other day and didn’t want to just put the flowers on the compost heap, so they came inside with me!
The lovely sunshine has tempted all sorts of wildlife out of hibernation, this is the first ladybird that I have seen this year.
Then, I was cutting down the dead seedheads of Acanthus mollis when I saw another!
A huge amount of frogspawn was noticed in the pond on March 8th, I’m not sure when it arrived but I hope it doesn’t get frosted like last year when we didn’t seem to have any tadpoles.
While waiting the other night for my husband to get his car out, I was standing by the garage, when suddenly , flashing by, were 3 or 4 Pipistrelle bats. Sorry, no photos, I wouldn’t have been quick enough anyway. It’s nice to know that they are still around.
I think that winds up GBBD for another month, what a difference in the weather since last month! The garden is now drying out and we are able to do more and more each day, trying to catch up on all the jobs that we should have done months ago.
Thanks must go to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting this meme once more so that we can see flowers from all over the world, please pop over and have a look.