Good morning. Spring is absolutely happening. Whilst we have to lockdown, stay indoors and isolate it is all happening outside. Hedges are beginning to open to reveal a type of fresh green that is almost impossible to visualise in the depths of a dark grey, wet winter.
The snowdrops have been and gone but if you are quick there is time to divide clumps. Hellebores are pushing out their new foliage as their flowers have peaked. Crocus in my lawn are still flowering but are beginning to get leggy so are past their best already.
This is time for the daffodils to shine. Along roadsides and verges, in window boxes and containers, vast swathes of all shades of yellow and gold are brightening the scene. I love to see daffodils en-masse, they really do herald spring like no other. The ones I love most are the more delicate ones. Give me Tête-à-tête that pack a punchy yellow but do not blow over. Show me clumps of Thalia, not yellow at all but white, small flowers, long slim stems and leaves. Later in the daffodil season is the oldest known variety, Pheasants eye, Narcissus poeticus which has a refined scent and small polite look. No brash trumpets here.
Anyway they are still to come through. Right now in my garden the tête-à-tête are beginning to go over, slightly browning at the petal edge. Could be down to the change in temperature. Instead the highly scented multi flowered stems of narcissus from the Isles of Scilly are shining.
Just two stems provides me with a vase full to share with you and our host, Cathy. Each flower is only 2cm across but together each stem provides multiple flowers (5 and 11 to be precise).
Tiny fruit beetles are emerging, I think that is what they are?
Those of you who are kind enough to follow this blog may have seen this next vase.
A tiny Japanese pot, a piece of Amelanchier and a single bloom.
Daffodil season is officially here. I hope that you are able to enjoy them from wherever you may be holed up. Challenging times.
Have a good day wherever you are. Thanks for reading. D.
Chloris invites us to share our top ten blooms with her on the 23rd of each month. Although today is the 27th I want to share my top ten with her and you as I know she won’t mind too much that I am a couple of days late. So here they are in all their blooming glory:
Prunus Nipponica Ruby. This is a new tree in my garden a dwarf form and I am delighted by its blossom.
Philadelphus aurea This mock orange was included in my garden as I love this foliage. A fresh bright lime which stands out amongst all other green leafed shrubs. Not yet fully grown the leaves are opening swiftly now.
Bulbs are in full show right now well apart from the tulips who are coming slowlyTulip Ballerina I think.
This is the crazy and eccentric Allium schubertii . Just appearing.
Blue and white Hyacinths are filling the air with their heady aroma. I have these in raised beds to avoid my very heavy clay.
The marmite of bulbs? Perhaps. Grape hyacinth growing happily under the Hornbeam hedge.
Then there is this:
A single blue beauty. I do not what it is Chloris. It piggy backed from a garden who gave me a couple of Hellebores. I hope it stays and makes a few friends.
This may look a bit like Aquilegia but it is Thalictrum Elin. I adore Thalictrum and this one will be around 1.2m tall by Summer.
As Cow parsley pulls away so too is this dark leaf version, Anthriscus sylvestris Ravenswing.
Euphorbia amygdaloides purpurea
There you have it, my ten for March. Not bad for starters? Thanks for reading. D.
Thank goodness the wind has finally dropped and we can hear ourselves think once more. Outside these poor things have been battered by the wind.
This is the classy Clematis armandii, one stem, three lovely fresh flowers, seemingly unharmed. Behind it is a tiny twig of blossom in the softest pink Dwarf Prunus Nipponica ‘Ruby’.
Next I have taken a few heads from my Hellebores. These have remained largely in tact but one or two longer stems have nose dived and hit the dirt.
The wide awake amongst you may notice that viburnum bodnantense Dawn flowers and a viola are in this picture. Too pretty to not include in this little mix. I shall float these on water to enjoy them on my desk for a few days.
The forecast is improving and calmer which is great news. In this political climate, I guess I am not the only one grateful for any good news, no matter how small. For more cheer take a look at Cathy’s blog to see some glorious floral sights.
Have a good week wherever you are. D.
It has been said before that gardeners are generous. I think all my friends are generally generous whether they are gardeners or not but when a gardening friend came for dinner she arrived with an especially generous armful from her garden. To have cut her bearded iris is so generous as they last for such a short time in the garden.
To these bearded beauties, sorry the variety is not known, she had added the white flowering, highly scented Philadelphus. (these have not liked standing in water)
Such a fresh green although it does not seem yellow enough to be P aureus in this picture.
Other foliage included a few Fatsia japonica leaves. Alchemilla mollis and an inspired addition of Epemedium.
I like how they look against the sides of the Suffolk earthenware jug, a gift from mother and father Dorris. Thanks folks.
So if you are sheltering from the steamy heat or a storm, click on the link : Rambling Cathy to see some of the other vases from around the world. D.