Garden Bloggers Blooms Day: Not Just Hellebores

IMG_1616Last year’s March Blooms day heavily featured hellebores and I have shown them frequently recently so decided to keep them to a minimum today, beautiful though they they are. The woodland edge border has been setting out on its glorious walk in recent weeks and although the snowdrops are almost over there are still the ragged remains of their whiteness around. The extension to this border, shown above, gives an idea of just how much impact the hellebores make, there being probably half a dozen of them in this section but joined here by two or three pulmonaria, various ferns and other oddments, and in the front right corner a hint of Primula denticulata and a not fully hardy cyclamen.

As the hellebores mature, I have been struck by how tall and sturdy the stems become and today I also noted how the flowers change as they fade – in ‘Pink Ellen’ below left the older flower is completely green, whereas in the middle the older flower has lost its stamens and turned a creamy yellow. On the right the central boss is just beginning to change, presumably post pollination.

GBBD.March14.1IMG_1622Today is also the first time I have realised someone else is partial to hellebores – hope they don’t make a habit of it!

Many of the trees in the garden are showing a hint of green emerging form buds, but the wild plum (can’t be sure exactly what it is) is showing more than a hint of its frothy white flowers – mostly out of reach and out of sight way overhead, but here in a stray low-down twiggy branch that escaped the Big Plum Tree Lop last year, very pretty:

IMG_1612Also naturalised (but planted intentionally) are the thick clumps of primrose in the woodland and the first few flowers on the wood anemones, Anemone nemerosa:

GBBD.March14.2On the paved area in view of the house are the stunning but so far only singular flowers of Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’ and flowering quince Chaenomeles ‘Madame Butterfly’:

GBBD.March14.3Also visible from the house are Camellia nobilissima and Crocus ‘Snow Bunting’, a spent flower of the former looking nearly as pretty in its now creamy off-white transformation:

GBBDMarch14.4Still flowering and still as fragrant is the winter honeysuckle Lonicera fragrantissima (below left), performing as she has done for about three months now she has emerged from obscurity to become a star performer in the winter and early spring garden, regardless of her nondescript appearance for the rest of the year. Below right are buds on Clematis alpina ‘Constance’, due to flower again after a year off after being moved:

GBBDMarch14.6IMG_1611It’s not all pastels in March’s garden though, with the grass next to the stream full of Narcissus Tête-à-Tête and Crocus tommasinianus, and the brights of the scarlet polyanthus, Pulmonaria ‘Blue Ensign’ and an unknown freebie hyacinth, with a group of Pink Polyanthus in Pots at the bottom. This is such a delightful time of year in my garden and it is a pleasure to be able to share some of its highlights with a wider audience – thanks goes to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting this monthly Blooms Day for garden bloggers. Do go to her blog and follow the links to find out what’s blooming in other blogger’s gardens.

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24 Responses to Garden Bloggers Blooms Day: Not Just Hellebores

  1. Chloris says:

    I can’t think of any other plant which just gets better and better and more interesting as it matures as the Hellbore does. I thought that I would miss all mine being away so long but they are all looking fantastic. Your Anemone nemerosa are early and also Clematis alpina. You have lots of lovely spring flowers. What a joy.
    Your woodland walk is looking so pretty.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Chloris – you are so right about the hellebores. Definitely another of those plants one can’t have too many of! I just checked back and it was mid April before I had a carpet of wood anemone last year, and although they are not at that stage yet they are definitely earlier

  2. Liz says:

    Hi Cathy,

    Lots of lovely colour there and I’m surprised to see buds on Clematis already! I haven’t spotted any here yet, but I do have leaves emerging.
    I hope you have good weather this weekend and manage to get out and about in the garden.

    • Cathy says:

      It may be a few weeks before they open though, Liz, and it’s usually April when it flowers. I noticed buds on my other alpina too – Frances Rivis. Bring them on I say! Hope you have a sunny gardening w/e too!

  3. Christina says:

    Your freebie hyacinth looks to be the same as mine, so maybe it is Miss Siagon. Lovely colours in your spring garden and the Hellebores are lovely.

    • Cathy says:

      It was a mixed bag, Christina, so it could be anything! I am not keen on mixed colours unless they are complementary shades, but hey, these were free! I planted them in two containers, and am already thinking I will cut some of them for Monday’s vases.

  4. Nell Jean says:

    So many pretty blooms in your garden. Primroses are so special. Happy Bloom Day.

  5. Pauline says:

    What a lovely selection of flowers Cathy, your garden is looking so pretty at the moment. The lovely spring sunshine has brought so many flowers on, its almost an explosion in the garden! Your clematis is certainly early, I looked at my early ones yesterday and no sign of buds yet.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Pauline – I love this time of year, as you know. I checked on the clematis again today and the buds are already swelling 🙂

  6. Annette says:

    Lovely to see all your blooms, Cathy. I like your Tête-à-Tête with the crocuses. Our tommasinianus are long finished. Snow bunting is a favourite, so healthy and strong. Are you sure it’s Dawn? Thought the flowers are of a deeper pink.

    • Cathy says:

      I bought the viburnum as ‘Dawn’ last year, but it’s in a big tub and probably still settling in. I think I will probably get more Snow Bunting to add to these – glad you confirm it is a healthy and strong variety!

  7. rusty duck says:

    I’d forgotten about Clematis alpina. I used to have a blue one in the last garden. Another one to put back on the list 🙂
    On first glance I thought you’d bought a new mahonia for that first pic… lovely fern!

    • Cathy says:

      Don’t mention mahonia!! I have C Frances Rivis too which is blue-ish – it has a few buds as well but never flowers as extensively as Constance usually does. Lovely to have the early ones though…

  8. AnnetteM says:

    What a lovely tour of your garden! I really enjoyed seeing all your flowers. The woodland border looks very pretty, but my favourite was the plum blossom. I am very excited to see what my fan-trained plum does this year. It is covered in buds now. Our wood anemones are not peeping though the soil yet – it was good to get a preview of yours.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Annette – it is even more of a pleasure having the plum blossom at eye level. Don’t think there is any on my new ‘Czar’ though…

  9. Anna says:

    Oh that wild plum sings of spring Cathy as do your other March blooms. I find it fascinating to watch hellebores as they fade.

  10. Julie says:

    You have lots of lovely blooms in your garden Cathy – thank you for sharing them. I agree with you that this is such a good time in the garden – it is so exciting to go out and find something new almost every day.

  11. so many lovely blooms Cathy in so many colors. Love the pink Polyanthus.

  12. bittster says:

    I’m always amazed by how much goes on in your garden! This time it’s the daffodil meadow, what a fantastic place to enjoy the latest round of flowers 🙂

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