March Medley. GBBD 2018.

Our cold spell put the brakes on our early bulbs, one minute they were flowering merrily with lots of buds to come, but they seem to have been put into the pending file until the weather warms up again. Narcissus are definitely behind last year, with only a few flowering so far. As usual, I will take you for a walk round the garden, starting with the chaenomeles outside the back door.

March frost. snow and ice finished off all the flowers that were out at the time, but now more buds have opened and the bush is looking good again.

Round into the front garden, the Camellia by the drive almost has its flowers open, just a couple more days then the bush will be covered.

Hellebores still standing up beautifully, these were really squashed by the snow.

Primroses everywhere in this border, making me feel that spring has arrived.

There are so many seedlings, I must move some to the back by the ditch in the woodland. The cornus stems were cut down last week ready for new stems to form for the summer.

I like this narcissus with its long slim trumpet.

Moving over to the border by the field at the side, the winter flowering heather is still looking good.

Under the pergola, near the veggie beds,this early primrose needs splitting, so I’ll move some to the semi shade of the rockery so that I don’t have to walk so far to see it!

Ypsilandra always surprises me when it flowers. I planted this in the bog garden, many years ago, but i think it maybe too wet for it. I think a move to the woodland would be better.

Hellebores and narcissus looking happy in the rhododendron bed.

These narcissus are Tete a Tete, lovely small narcissus that can take anything the weather throws at them.

Spring flowers in the Meconopsis bed.

Cyclamen coum flowering still on the rockery at the back.

Still on the rockery, Primula denticulata.

Pulmonaria are everywhere and starting to flower, much to the delight of any passing bee.

Snowdrops are still in the background, they aren’t finished yet.

In the woodland, the snowdrops are G. Wareham and the narcissus is the species pseudonarcissus.

Corydalis  solida Beth Evans always looks so pretty so early in the year.

Scilla sibirica is such a stunningl shade of blue, and is so tiny, but it still packs a punch. This is the only one flowering this year so far, last year there was a small river of them through the border in March.

My first fritillary flower, soon there will be lots more!

Crocus will open up in the afternoon sun if it decides to come out.

In the back garden again, Anemone Sylphide, I was hoping this would have increased, but still just the one flower unfortunately.

Lovely multiheaded , tiny flowered narcissus, on the rockery, this one is being contrary, it is earlier than usual.

Still on the rockery, my new double Jack in the Green primrose, given to me by a friend,  has started flowering again after all the ice and snow.

Pink Chionodoxa on the alpine scree, are increasing nicely.

I rescued this primula last year fom a sale table, it cost me 50p.

My Camellia in the corner of the back garden is still looking wonderful, despite the snow, ice and frost. It has been flowering since November and I think it is wonderful!

A very pretty hellebore just before I get round to the back door once more at the end of our wander.

Looking back at last year’s Bloom Day for March, it is soon apparent that this year we are way behind now, thanks I would think to our spell of snow, frost and ice. Hopefully the plants will soon catch up and get back to normal.  Have your plants been affected by the weather this year?

Thanks go to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting this monthly meme showing flowers from around the world. Do pop over to her, you never know what you might see!

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18 Responses to March Medley. GBBD 2018.

  1. Susie says:

    Each image makes me happy Pauline. Must be fun to wander among these beauties. The Corydalis is a gentle smile.

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Susie, I do enjoy wandering amongst them, seeing which is the latest one to flower. The Corydalis is so different from everything else around it, I think it is such a pretty flower.

  2. The weather has slowed things down this year here in Mississippi, too. We have had a lot of rain; the ground is saturated. Then we get a sunny day, and the temperatures drop below freezing.
    You have a beautiful collection of blooms!
    Happy Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day!

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Lea. The garden is so wet and parts of it are under water, more rain due tonight and tomorrow unfortunately. I long for everywhere to dry out! More snow for Sunday too, you never know, it might miss us!

  3. Frank says:

    So nice to see all the flowers again, I feel like it was just yesterday you were weathering the last storm!
    The primroses are so cheerful. You have a lovely carpet of early bloomers growing there.

    • Pauline says:

      I’m hoping the next lot of snow won’t be so bad Frank, but at least I know that the flowers will be ok under it all. The primroses are spreading all by themselves, I love plants that do that!

  4. Connie says:

    So many pretty blooms! Love the Chionodoxa.

  5. Peter says:

    Despite the setback, the blooms in your garden are singing spring beautifully.

    • Pauline says:

      I’m sure the plants will catch up eventually Peter, but I’m used to a lot more flowers in March! They know best though, no point in flowering if it’s too cold for the bees to be flying to pollinate them, nature is amazing.

  6. Denise says:

    I love all your primroses Pauline! I recently ordered a few new ones from Kevock Garden Plants. The combination of the heather with the variegated shrub (which I don’t recognise) is lovely and the Anemone Sylphide is stunning. Here, the snow lies thick, -10C this morning so Spring is on hold!

    • Pauline says:

      I love the Primula family Denise, there are so many different ones for weach situation in the garden. The variegated shrub with the heather is a holly, Ilex Golden King, but it is a female as it has berries in the autumn! We are supposed to be getting more snow on Sunday here, I’m hoping it misses us!

  7. Cathy says:

    These are so lovely, Pauline, and must make walks round your garden so joyous. It is definitely worth investing in plants and bulbs that flower that flower in winter and early spring

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Cathy, I really enjoy my morning walks at the moment. Having most of them in the same area does help to make it an interesting place while the rest of the garden is still sleeping.
      Hope you stay snow free this weekend!

  8. debsgarden says:

    Your winter flowering heather with the variegated foliage behind it is a wonderful combination. I always enjoy seeing what is blooming in your garden. Your woodland bulbs are among my favorites. I really like your narcissus with the long slim trumpet, as well as Tete a Tete and the snowdrops, which don’t grow here, although summer snowflake, which looks similar to snowdrops, does well in my climate. This year things have been slower to open up and bloom, although we have had enough warm days to fool some azaleas and other mid-spring bloomers to open. Unfortunately, we continue to have freezes, which keep zapping young foliage and blooms.

    • Pauline says:

      I’m so glad you like the heather with the variegated holly Deb, I do too. Neither need much attention apart from a little trim once a year, they are so reliable. All my little bulbs are now covered with snow once more, not as bad a s last time so far, but not what they wanted at all! I hope this see-sawing of the temperatures sorts itself out soon, not good for gardeners or plants!

  9. Christina says:

    I do hope your recent snow hasn’t damaged all the beauties you’ve shown in this post. Your spring garden is so full of colour it must be a joy to walk around.

    • Pauline says:

      Time will tell Christina. it’s not supposed to last long this time, so hopefully most of the flowers will be ok. Last time it was just the daffodils that didn’t stand up again, so all my Tete a Tete might need cutting, which would be a shame as I like seeing them in the garden.

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