Last 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.
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:
Still 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:
It’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.