I could so easily have filled this post with snowdrops and hellebores, but instead it has been declared a S******* and H******** Free Zone for GBBD this month, a meme kindly hosted by Carole at May Dreams Gardens. Follow the link to her blog to find other links to garden blooms around the world.
With no garden at the front of the house, I often neglect to photograph what is growing in the baskets and the little raised bed next to the front door – but now we have the sudden appearance of flowers on my grown-from-seed violas and a fat bud on Narcissus ‘Rip Van Winkle’ they deserve to be featured today. The raised bed is full of Narcissi Tête-a-Tête, flowering their socks off, although the photograph below is off them under the apple tree at the back. It is not often that they and the crocus are in flower at the same time but the Tête-a-Tête have just caught the tail end of the latter so that has been good to see.
Hamamelis ‘Spanish Spider’ scurried into this picture too, one of 4 witch hazels still flowering, their season having extended from December this season. The Crocus tommasinianus ‘Barrs Purple’ suffered from half an inch of overnight rain on Thursday night, but they have been glorious this year and adding more would do no harm whatsoever. I don’t think I will add any more white crocus to the hedge border where these Snow Bunting are easily dug up by the squirrel and where they look a little lost in the bare soil, unlike the pretty Iris ‘Katherine Hodgkin’ in the shrub border which I showed in my last post.
I love all pulmonaria whether named or not, both the flowers and leaves. I also love to see the clumps of primroses appear and although not as fond of the native primrose’s brighter and brasher cousins I do like the splash of colour they give at this time of year, particularly before the birds spot them and destroy the flowers:
Not making such an impact but nevertheless very pleasing is the humble comfrey, Symphytum ‘Hidcote Blue’, which produces flowers off and on throughout the year. There were only a couple of flowers when I featured it in a miniature vase last month but it has a good sprinkling of them now – this is such a great groundcover plant and I don’t find it invasive at all.
See – there is definitely more than s******s and h********s in my garden in March!