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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.