Six on Saturday. Spring at Last.

We’ve had some terrible storms lately but at last spring is really here and the garden is spangled with flowers. I got a little disheartened when we were buffeted by Eunice, or it could have been Franklin or Dudley, they came in such quick succession and fences and trees came crashing down. A huge leylandii fell right across the winter garden which is my pride and joy. There should be a special place in hell reserved for people who plant Cupressus x leylandii. But it is gone now and the tree surgeons deserve badges for the delicate way they disposed of it without doing too much damage. And it all looks lovely, especially as the spring bulbs are coming out.

What to choose for my six is difficult amongst so much abundance, so I shall start with some fragrance. In the green house my mimosa, Acacia dealbata has been blooming for some time and it still looks and smells wonderful with its fluffy yellow balls. I know this is an invasive weed in some countries but there is no risk of that here. The slightly musty sweetness takes me straight to Provence.

Acacia dealbata

Out in the garden the tiny flowers of Azara microphylla are like miniature mimosa flowers. But even though the flowers are small and insignificant, the fragrance is incredibly powerful. I usually don’t even notice that it is in bloom until I walk down the garden and get strong whiffs of pure vanilla as if someone is making custard. The shiny, little leaves are evergreen. This tree comes from Chile and a really bad winter may blacken some of the leaves but it always recovers.

Azara microphylla

My number three is also yellow and fragrant but it is a shrub rather than a tree. The scent doesn’t carry on the air as it does with the first two, you have to get up close and intimate with it. But it is very sweet; I believe it is related to the Daphne. It is Edgeworthia chrysantha. The clusters of tubular blooms appear on leafless stems and they emerge from hairy buds.

Edgeworthia chrysantha

My favourite cherry blossom, Prunus ‘Kursar’ always comes into bloom in March. It is a small tree that would fit into any garden. I love it for its dark pink, delicate blooms. It makes quite a statement and in the autumn you get another show with brightly coloured leaves.

Prunus ‘Kursar’

The ground is spangled with a Botticelli carpet of blooms and it is difficult to single out just two favourites. I will have to choose Corydalis solida as my number five because as it disappears entirely after blooming you are always surprised at this time of the year to see it coming up in sweety-coloured carpets. It has pretty feathery foliage. I started off with named varieties like Corydalis solida ‘George Baker’ in red, ‘Beth Evans’ in pink, ‘Blackberry Wine’ in purple and ‘White Swallow in white and now I have them in rainbow colours.

Corydalis solida
Corydalis solida
Corydalis solida

I have a pretty corydalis which pops up uninvited in my garden, but I don’t mind, it is not too invasive and it looks rather like a fern. It is Corydalis cheilanthifolia.

Corydalis cheilanthifolia

Now we come to number six and this is a bit tricky to choose. Daffodils are popping up everywhere as they should do in March. I don’t like the big flowered ones so much, although they are useful for vases Anyway, I think I will write about dainty little narcissi another time, as the hellebores which started in January are now making their grand finale and are looking fabulous. They do very well in my garden and seed themselves around in drifts. I love the frilly party dresses of the doubles, but I also love the anemone -flowered ones and the picotees and the spotty ones and- well, all of them really. There is no such thing as an ugly hellebore. I’ll just show you a few.

So there are my six for March. And now I am going to catch up with all my blogging friends as I haven’t been around for a bit to see what everyone else has been doing. Thanks as usual to our host The Propagator and his faithful band of Six on Saturday enthusiasts.

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55 Responses to Six on Saturday. Spring at Last.

  1. Fantastic array of hellebores, Liz…I am happy to see your flowering cherry, I miss those. Laughed out loud at your Leyland Cypress statements. I detest those trees. bot rot is doing them in here.

  2. pbmgarden says:

    Lots of lovelies! Your cherry is nice. Just looked it up and it might do well in my garden (although we’re about to get blasted with a late winter storm, down into the low 20s F. tonight, so cherry flowers wouldn’t be very happy). The Corydalis looks so happy and cheerful, as do the hellebores. Be well.

    • Chloris says:

      Prunus ‘Kursar’ always blooms early in March and seems to withstand frosts quite well. I rely on corydalis and hellebores for carpets of March colour.

  3. March Picker says:

    Your hellebores are stupendous, Chloris! Thank you for taking the time and doing the gymnastics required to photograph and share them, I agree that there are zero ugly hellebores. I’m also very attracted to your Corydalis cheilanthifolia. Another shade lover?

    • Chloris says:

      Hellebores seed around like weeds in my garden and they always make a good display. I just add a couple of specials each year. Yes, Corydalis cheilanthifolia is a good woodland plant but it doesn’t seem to mind sun either. I have never planted it, it pops up wherever it likes.

  4. Pauline says:

    Super hellebores, what would we do without them at this time of year! Lovely trees and shrubs too, your garden is a delight!

  5. fredgardener says:

    How big is your mimosa?It’s potty I guess and how old is it? Do you change the pot every year?
    A big WOW ! for all these hellebores

    • Chloris says:

      The mimosa is in a big pot and no, I don’t think I could get it out to repot it. It is huge and I am going to start to have to chop some off the top as it has reached the top of the greenhouse. Mimosa is very quick and easy from seed, so maybe I will start another one soon and start again. I might even break the pot and risk this one in a sheltered place in the garden now that it is mature.

      • fredgardener says:

        I asked you because I lost one planted in the ground for years. And as it’s a beautiful shrub, I would like to have another one but in a pot. Seeing mine grow so fast, I’m a little scared to repot it in bigger and bigger pots…

  6. It’s a pity they haven’t invented a way of sharing the fragrance of flowers digitally. What Fred said regarding the hellebores.

  7. bcparkison says:

    Welcome Spring…Come on in.

  8. What glorious spangling you have in your garden these days!! They all look wonderful, but I think I’m partial to anything yellow….and fragrant…

  9. Sarah Rajkotwala - Author & Spiritual Teacher says:

    Your garden looks lovely! Sorry about the storms. ❤ Love your purple prunus!

  10. Jo+Shafer says:

    Corydalis of any variety is new to me. Because they’re yellow I like yours and wonder whether I can find any stateside for my garden. My dooryard garden of golden yellow crocuses are performing right into their third week! but the purple ones have faded out. It was time. Narcissus leaves are now a good three inches up, along with tulips, also yellow, some white.

    • Chloris says:

      It is an exciting time in the garden, every day there is something new. Crocuses are such a treat as long as there is some sun to make them open. Fabulous to have all the fun of new tulips and daffodils coming up each day now.

  11. tonytomeo says:

    Gads! A group of volunteers came here to thin out some of the forest in the most combustible of areas. Some concentrated on the Acacia delabata. They cut more than I could have. Unfortunately, the roots do not die easily.

  12. Top six! All lovely, but especially the azara, which brings back happy memories. The hellebores are a treat. 🙂

  13. Meriel Co. Wicklow says:

    All gr8. I especially love the variegated Azara.

  14. Heyjude says:

    Always a treat to visit your beautiful garden. And yes, Fred is quite right about those hellebores! I wish I had room for more trees, the cherry looks beautiful.

  15. Cathy says:

    I like the phrase ‘spangled with flowers’ – it’s so different from the more solid colour of the summer months, isn’t it? Aren’t corydalis pretty? I bought Corydalis ‘Berry Exciting’ last year and am waiting for it to flower, although my other more ordinary ones are already blooming nicely. Your mimosa is amazing, especially as I know the size of your greenhouse! Always good to see what is blooming way out east in Suffolk 👍

    • Chloris says:

      Yes, I love this time of the year; every day there are more little beauties to croon over. Spring blooms are more exciting than any those of any other season. By the way, do you remember Spangles? I didn’t even like them, but they are evocative of a certain era.

  16. So sorry to read about the storm damage. Your corydalis are indeed reminiscent of a sweet shop Chloris – I can see the colours that I used to discover when in the days I used to unwrap a packet of love hearts 😂 As for your hellebores superlatives fail me.

    • Chloris says:

      I love the way corydalis appear in so many pastel shades and they are prolific sek-seeders. And so are hellebores, I love it when the garden dresses itself.

  17. I’m green (and yellow, and pink!) with envy, especially of your Edgeworthia because I have two (both ‘Snow Queen’) and they have yet to open those silky-hairy buds yet. Maybe this week, when we are supposed to have series of 50F+ degree days…. fingers crossed!

    • Chloris says:

      I haven’t come across a white Edgeworthia. I did have a little red one called ‘Red Dragon’ but it died. I hope you post pictures of your White Queens, I would love to see them.

      • Actually, I just realized that I misspoke on the cultivar name: It’s actually ‘Snow Cream’ (not Queen). For some reason my brain/memory has been substituting “queen” for “cream” – probably because ‘Snow Cream” doesn’t make any sense but there was that fairy tale called The Snow Queen, lol. It’s now April 2nd and the ‘better doing’ Edgeworthia is still in bud, which disappoints me because I assumed it would flower in March here. The other one doesn’t look well at all. The flowers themselves are the typical golden yellow color in this cultivar though.

  18. Kris P says:

    Beautiful one and all! I’m sorry about the tree emergency but glad you sorted it out without too much trouble. I love your yellow blooms and you’ve tempted me once again by showing off the Azara, which my favorite mail order nursery carries. I’ve repeatedly tried different varieties of Corydalis, only to be disappointed when in disappears in summer and never returns.

    • Chloris says:

      How odd, Corydalis is like a weed here. Azara is well worth seeking out, the little tufts of flowers are quite inconspicuous but the smell is fabulous.

  19. Vanilla-scented Azara sounds a delicious tree to have in the garden. I love the dolly-mixture colours of your various Corydalis. I was inspired to buy one last year, but it doesn’t seem to have come back. 😦

    • Chloris says:

      Yes, I would like Azara serrata dotted all round the garden to enjoy its wonderful fragrance everywhere. I hope you manage to get Corydalis established, it is well worth having.

  20. Cathy says:

    Your spring garden is beautiful Chloris. I love the variety of hellebores you have. Corydalis are a favourite of mine too. Do they grow wild in your neighbourhood? Near my last home there was a damp wooded area just full of them!

  21. Annette says:

    Way more than six and they’re all so beautiful and special too. Are these Tetrapanax behind the flowering cherry? I love Corydalis too, only got ochroleuca so far which a friend gave me. Special plants are so hard to get around here. Your hellebores are stunning. I’m glad you’ve managed to get rid of the fallen leylandii without too much damage. We’ve had stormy days too and I was worried our weeping willow would come crushing down. I’d like to give Edgeworthia a go, but I don’t think it likes it too dry though, does it?

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Anette. Yes, that is Tetrapanex it suckers everywhere, if I don’t watch out I shall soon have a forest. I think Edgeworthia can be a bit tricky, I believe it doesn’t like to dry out. It can’t take too much frost either.

  22. Paddy Tobin says:

    I always imagine Azara smells of chocolate! And Leyland Cypress – almost a blast from the past nowadays. They were the hedging plant of choice in the late 70s into the 80s before innocent gardeners realised they had planted monsters.

    • Chloris says:

      That’s funny, Azara is more like custard to me. I think Leyland Cypress is probably fine if kept cut tight as a hedge, but it usually gets away to make a hideous tree.

  23. snowbird says:

    Goodness! So many delights! I’m blown away by your selection of hellebores! Hopefully the weather will liven up a little now, I’m well and truly over all these storms.xxx

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