Welcome to March.

March, a new month, but will the weather be any better, time will tell. It is impossible to walk round my garden and has been for weeks, if not months now. everywhere is so saturated and standing water is everywhere. I can honestly say that I have never known it this bad in the 30 yrs that I have lived here, but even so we are nowhere near as bad as others who have houses and businesses flooded by rivers bursting their banks. I have been for a short wander on the paths round the house and into the woodland to find new flowers for this month, waterproof footwear is a necessity!

Starting by the entrance, a lovely bright clump of narcissus whose name eludes me, love the long trumpet.

Pink Chionodoxa on the alpine scree in the back garden, they are more pink than it shows in the photo.

Lovely Hyacinth Woodstock perfuming the air round the alpine scree.

In the left hand corner of the back garden are rather a lot of narcissus, the white ones in the front are Sailboat and the yellow and orange ones are Jetfire, thanks to Chloris for identifying it for me.

Pulmonarias everywhere are bursting into flower, much to the delight of the bumble bees.

Corydalis solida on the sloping bank into the woodland, this one seeds around happily, there are some pink seedlings to the right.

Also on the slope is Euphorbia robbiae which is slowly spreading by underground runners.

I think this narcissus is White Lion, we are now in the woodland.

In the main lot of planting in the woodland is Corydalis Beth Evans, but I never see any seedlings round her, pity.

My first snakeshead fritillary, Fritillaria meleagris, loads more to come over the next few weeks.

Muscari, Grape Hyacinths at the end of the woodland, behaving so far.

Tiny Scilla siberica are now starting to show the wonderful shade of blue that I love so much.

More Narcissus whose name escapes me, they show up well from the house.

Tiny tulips on the alpine scree, not quite out yet but it won’t be long now.

I was dodging the showers to take my photos, I think we had everything thrown at us yesterday, gales, sleet, hailstones, rain and sunshine!

Today we have sunshine, lots of it and just a couple of passing showers, so i will end with a few long shots.

Goodness knows what is happening in the rest of the garden, maybe one day I will be able to walk round and find out! Camellias and Chaenomeles that I have been showing you for months now are still flowering beautifully as we haven’t had any frost for months, just non stop rain! I have so many jobs that I want to get on with, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to, as the soil is so wet. Hopefully this month we might start to dry out and then I can make a start, but will I ever catch up with myself?!

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12 Responses to Welcome to March.

  1. Denise says:

    What beautiful displays especially the beds with all the daffodils and the hellebores. Amazing considering the awful wet and windy weather you’ve had Pauline. I’m sure you’ll catch up with yourself once the weather improves!

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Denise, the plants don’t seem to care what the weather throws at them, thank goodness. I suppose we won’t know if there are any casualities until later in the year, I’ll just have to keep my fingers crossed!

  2. Chloris says:

    Is the first daffodil Narcissus ‘Jetfire’? I agree we are lucky not to have floods but all this wet is miserable for gardeners with busy agendas. Your garden looks wonderful with so many spring flowers. I hope you dry out soon.

    • Pauline says:

      That sounds familiar Chloris, many thanks for reminding me, I will now amend my post! Today we have actrually had sunshine nearly all day, with just a tiny bit of rain and what a difference it has made. It will take a long time to dry out, but eventually we should be back to normal.

  3. Annette says:

    Considering all the rain you’ve had your flowers still look beautiful and pristine, Pauline, and some are got even bathed in sunlight albeit for a short time. My garden is soggy too as it’s been raining for the past 8 days and some of my daffs are lying down (depressed?). But spring is on her way for sure and until things improve , let’s enjoy the little darlings from a distance. Keep your chin up 🙂

    • Pauline says:

      A few narcissus are mudapattered Annette, but most are pristine, thank goodness and the sun is shining again today, that makes 2 whole days now! It is amazing how flowers survive any weather that is thrown at them, they are hardy little things aren’t they, where would we be without them?

  4. Such a lot of colour, Pauline – bulbs are such a good investment, aren’t they? I really do hope you find March a drier month and can put all this sogginess behind you

    • Pauline says:

      So far cathy, March is so much better than February which was such a washout, we have had 2 whole days of sunshine!!! It is colder, but that is ok as long as it doesn’t rain. I was out yesterday and this morning getting a few gardening jobs done, it was so lovely being able to work in the garden once more.

  5. Susie says:

    The weather sounds horrendous but its wonderful to see the flowers able to withstand it all. Everything is looking lovely and so cheerful. Hope you are able to get on with garden chores soon.

    • Pauline says:

      The weather is still horrendous Susie, but we did actually have 2 days of sunshine which was lovely! I suppose it could be months before we find out how plants have coped with all the rain, but at least this month is very colourful. Gardening will have to wait a while, it is going to take a long time for it to dry out.

  6. Anna K says:

    Saw some huge fallen trees on another British blog. You guys are having quite the difficult spring, it seems…. 🙁
    Still, the bulbs are pushing through, and at least giving you something pretty to rest your eyes on – even if you can’t get any work done. Hang in there – spring WILL come.

    • Pauline says:

      Yes, we are Anna, but hopefully it will come to an end soon. It is the flooding that is getting people down, if only it would stop raining! We actually had a sunny day today, but showers are forecast tomorrow, the flooding doesn’t get a chance to drain away, the earth is like a sponge but can’t soak up any more! Next week looks a bit more hopeful, so maybe, with a bit of luck, we might dry out a bit.

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