The white of the snowdrops has changed into the yellow of the narcissus, which means that the woodland looks totally different now that the warm sunshine has finished off the flowers of the snowdrops and crocus. Each day when I come for a wander, I find something new which has opened overnight, but also, looking with a critical eye, I’m thinking of what I can add to make it look more interesting in certain places where all the early flowers have faded.
The first view is the woodland border from the back garden.
The woodland from by the archway.
This is the border to the left of the archway into the woodland.
Looking into the woodland from the right side of the arch way.
Once again, I’m standing in the ditch at the right hand end, looking left.
From the right end by the road, looking back to the arch way.
From the left hand end of the woodland by the road, looking back, the archway is to the right of the purple flowers in the distance
From the left hand corner by the back garden.
What I was calling Snowdrop Hill, I will have to think of another name now that the snowdrops have finished. Bluebells will be the next flowers out here, but I will have to keep them in check so that they don’t overrun the snowdrops. This area needs more planting to have interest here later in the year.
Cardamine pratensis, the patch of purple on the left, has been flowering for such a long time now. Soon it will start retreating and then be dormant for the summer.
Corydalis Beth Evans with narcissus.
A single fritillary in amongst the narcissus.
Looking through the trees to the flowers beyond.
Fritillaries are spreading nicely now, the seed is spread further each year
Thank goodness the pheasants have left them alone this year.
Another single one has put itself in amongst the false oxlips.
This looks a bit boring doesn’t it after all the other photos. In the previous months this has been a lovely drift of snowdrops with quite a few crocus in between. Obviously there is a need for some narcissus in this area, to be followed by hosta, ferns , heucheras, dicentras and foxgloves maybe.
These are pots of Narcissus Sail Boat waiting to be planted, I think a few of these can be planted in between the snowdrops in the previous photo.
This is where I was standing to take the photo of where all the snowdrops were, a bit bare don’t you think! This is quite a damp area, a side ditch to the main ditch, so I will sprinkle some seed of the snakeshead fritillaries here and will plant some candelabra primulas that I have been growing from seed in the greenhouse. I also have some spare ferns and astilbes that need splitting and can come here to help make it look more interesting.
Just by the bridge over the ditch is a little cyclamen repandum, they aren’t spreading as fast as the others, but we keep hoping that they will spread.
On the opposite side of the path to the cyclamen are a few bulbs of Tulipa sylvestris. I thought because of having “sylvestris” in its name, it had to be planted in woodland, but have read since that it isn’t necessary. The buds always emerge bent over, but straighten up when the flowers open.
Soon the Erythronium will be flowering, they are such beautiful flowers but so fleeting, I try not to be away when they are due to flower, otherwise I will miss them. Something has had a nibble, hope they don’t nibble the flowers!
I was given a clump of Leucojum aestivum Gravetye Giant by one of my woodcarving pupils many years ago. They seem to like the soil in the woodland and I now have 5 large clumps, almost 4ft tall, some of which could do with being divided again. I think they are so tall this year because of all the rain we had this winter.
Corydalis solida has now formed a nice clump on the side of the ditch. It has taken it a long time to grow to this size, but it was worth the wait. It is now seeding about, some seedlings have the same flower and some of them are coming up the same as the pink Beth Evans-wonderful!
At last Hamamellis mollis is flowering properly, it is so late this year, normally this one is in flower by the end of January. The perfume is rather faint, not like the Daphne which hits you as soon as you come into the woodland, you have to get close up and personal with the witch hazel.
Carpeting a couple of areas is Anemone nemerosa, the wood anemone. This is slowly spreading across the woodland floor and looks delightful when in flower.
Also on the two sides of the ditch are a few plants of Euphorbia amygdaloides robbiae. It is spreading by underground runners but I am so grateful that something will survive where they are, in very dry shady areas full of huge tree roots, I just have to watch it doesn’t spread anywhere near anything precious.
I took some more photos of the fritillaries yesterday, so forgive me if I show you a few more!
I can’t resist them!
Here they are with the false oxlips that have seeded into the bark chipping path. I think they show up better with pale flowers around them.
I also like the different shades we are getting now that they are seeding about, a few are pure white but some a mixture of purple and white which is rather pretty.
So there we are, that is the woodland for March, I have a lot of planting to do to create more interest later in the year, most of the plants have been grown from seed so I can plant them in drifts. They probably won’t flower this year but I can dream about next year!
Thanks to Helen at patientgardener.wordpress.com. for hosting the End of Month View once more. Why not pay her a visit to see what others have been busy doing in their gardens over the last month.