We were lucky to have had a wonderful weekend last weekend, weather wise. Lovely hot sunshine all day long, the wind decreasing as the days went by, until by Monday, this week, it was positively balmy! March came in like a lion and is certainly leaving like a lamb. The lovely warm weather has made such a difference to the plants, they are rushing into flower, tumbling over each other to get to the sunshine first.
There have been one or two primroses out since the beginning of the year, but now there is such an explosion of them all round the garden.
Cowslips, Primula veris, are just starting to flower. I will be saving the seed of these to increase the drifts that I already have.
More different narcissus are opening each day, I welcome the paler ones at this time of year, the yellows now seem too bright somehow.
Lovely N. Thalia, we have lots of this one spread round the garden and I add more each year.
Galanthus Polar Bear has decided to flower now. This is a new one this year, when I planted it in February I noticed that it had a bud on it. I wonder if this is its usual time for flowering or will it adjust for next year? I hope it comes earlier at snowdrop time as it is almost hidden by all the other flowers in the woodland at the moment.
This Muscari turned up unexpectedly in a mixed packet, I believe it is M. latifolium.
Tulips have started flowering, I can’t remember them flowering in March before. These are in a large pot on the front drive, I can’t grow them in my heavy soil.
Having said that, this tulip is in the side border by the field, proving to me that some can grow in the borders. Usually they are planted, flower once and then are never seen again, this one is determined to survive, it is it’s third year.
Forget me nots are starting to flower in all the borders.
Choinodoxas have burst into flower on the little slope at the end of the woodland, must buy more for next year as they are such a pretty flower..
Brunnera Jack Frost is brightening up a couple of shady areas.
The Japanese Azalea by the steps onto the back lawn has now started flowering. Eventually it has so many flowers, you won’t be able to see any foliage.
Clematis alpina White Moth has been super this year, so many more flowers than usual, it must have appreciated the handful of fertiliser I gave it in the autumn!
Cyclamen repandum has also done ever so well this year. The corm must be getting quite large by now as there are so many flowers. I really must buy a couple more corms in the autumn and also save some seed to try and make more in the woodland.
Anemone nemorosa Robinsoniana is spreading about nicely in the woodland.
I couldn’t not include my fritillaries could I ?! They are going from strength to strength.
Honesty is now flowering in the woodland, the purple one too in another area.
Iris japonica sends up sprays of flowers. Each stalk has about a dozen flowers on it. Each flower is only about 2 inches across, but when there are so many flowering at once, they make a nice display.
Caltha palustis, the King Cup, beside the pond, has suddenly burst into life.
Blossom is now appearing on the trees and shrubs, this is the cherry by the entrance.
Kerria japonica pleniflora is the other side of the entrance.
Berberis by the garage, the bees are loving this one at the moment.
A lovely Camellia planted up by the house, pity I’ve forgotten it’s name.
Just opening, the flowers of the Amelanchier look lovely contrasting with the new bronze leaves.
Blackthorn is flowering in the gardens and along the lanes here in Devon. Think of all the sloes for Sloe Gin in the autumn!
A form of Prunus, planted before we were here, but who planted it where the natural bog is, no wonder it isn’t very happy!
I’ll finish with a few long views.
The front drive. It looks a little bare as the red stemmed cornus and the buddleja have just been cut back. The primroses make up for it though.
The woodland border from the back bedroom window.
Looking back to the house from the archway.
Looking towards the back garden from by the back door, which is at the side!
As you can see March has ended by giving me a wonderful selection of flowers to enjoy. The weather certainly makes a difference to the plants and myself. Being able to wander round the garden without a coat has been a delight the past few days, although now rain has arrived once more. I mustn’t grumble about the rain, where would my fritillaries and their friends be without it?