I am a bit late with my bloom day which should be on the 15th of the month, but this week has been glorious and far too nice to be inside blogging. At last I can be outside all day long, enjoying the garden and my new She-Shed.
The sun has been shining and each day the flowers are pumping out ever more colour. The first Brimstone butterflies appeared yesterday. The butter yellow of these butterflies gave us the name butterfly. Bees are buzzing everywhere and so am I; buzzing with delight as I notice ever more beautiful spring blooms. There are jolly daffodils and these bright red tulips which raise the spirits.
I prefer dainty little narcissus and I didn’ t plant these big King Alfred daffs , but they make a show here and in the orchard.
But these cheerful blooms don’ t make the heart beat faster. It is the tiny less showy plants that excite me. The little corydalis which seed into carpets of pink and mauve or even white.
Corydalis chelianthifolia has lovely fresh fern-like foliage.
The first delicate flowers have appeared on the Pasque flowers Pulsatilla vulgaris.
The wonderful scents of March blooms are delicious. The vanilla scent of the tiny flowers of Azara microphylla drifts round the garden on the slightest breeze. The flowers are so tiny but the fragrance carries everywhere.
Sweet violets are invasive but I allow banks of them to flourish in the wilder parts of the garden so that I can catch that elusive scent. Violets release the chemical ionone which binds to the scent receptors in the nose and then shuts them down so you only get a tantalising whiff. Shakespeare knew all about this, he compared them to music in the Winter’ s Tale: ‘...the sweet sound that plays upon a bank of violets; stealing and giving odour’. I love violets and have them in shades of pink, mauve, white and even apricot.
Hyacinths that have been in pots over the last years are dotted around the garden and add to the delicious scents.
The Japanese Apricot is still beautifully fragrant and although Daphne bholua ‘Jaqueline Postill’ is going over, Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’ is looking and smelling wonderful.
Clematis ‘Freckles’has been blooming all winter and now it is joined by the pure white flowers of Clematis armandii ‘Snowdrift’ which are sweetly scented.
I wouldn’t be without Prunus ‘Kursar’ because its dainty dark pink blossoms always appear in March and early blooms are extra welcome.
Other trees and shrubs in bloom now are Cornus mas with yellow tufts of flowers-
Stachyurus praecox with its strings of primrose- coloured, bead-like flowers.
Camellias are blooming now too.
In the greenhouse the apricot tree is in bloom and I hope the bees are finding their way in or I shall have to do the job of ensuring plenty of apricots myself, with a little brush.
I refuse to believe that I can’t grow a plant until I have killed it three times. I am not sure if this is my third or fourth attempt to grow the lovely Edgeworthia chrysantha, but this one has survived the winter and is looking good, so I hope I have cracked it.
Hellebores have been blooming for weeks and they seed around happily in my garden. I have read that you shouldn’t let them seed because the specials become diluted and they all end up wishy-washy. I like drifts of them all over the garden and I think they are all lovely, so I am happy to let the bees get to work and surprise me with the result of the marriages that they arranged.
I think the bird bath is a good way to display their pretty faces. They range in colour from slate to yellow; there are doubles, anemone-flowered ones and picotees with a red edge to the petals. I love them all.
In my February Bloom Day post I promised I wouldn’t mention snowdrops any more, after all they are all finished now by the middle of March. Or are they? Actually Galanthus plicatus is looking great, it always is the last to bloom and it is one of my favourites.
Another late flowering plicatus was a gift from my lovely friend, Janet who was given it by her friend, Beth Chatto. She can’t remember its name but it is a little beauty with huge flowers on short stems.
Another March favourite is the primrose, but if we start on primroses we will be here all day so I will save then for a separate post. And so here are just a few other March delights in my belated offering for Carol’s meme, Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day over at