End of Month View: Marching On

You turn your back, and suddenly another month has all but gone…!

For all the storms and wind and rain that battered much of the UK for much of March here it has in fact been a surprisingly pleasant month – a couple of nights of persistent rain, some very stiff breezes, many overnight temperatures of only a few degrees (but only one frost) – and more sunshine than one might have expected. Spring has been in evidence in the garden for most of the month, but overall this early spring season seems to have been more prolonged than usual, with some special snowdrops still flowering, hellebore buds still opening and Tete a Tete narcissi still going strong. Elsewhere, new growth is very much in evidence and splashes of colour from the first tulips are appearing.

Do share a quick tour of the garden with me (check out the locations on the map under The Garden tab above) as I record what was happening at the end of March 2016 for Helen’s EOMV meme, and visit her blog to see what’s happening in her garden and elsewhere.

Firstly, the paved area visible directly from the house:

IMG_7051The adjacent streamside, with the shrub border on the right, and also from the other direction:

IMG_7033IMG_7034The woodland, with wood anemones beginning to join the primrose and obliging Rhododendron ‘Cheers’ breaking out in bud:

IMG_7035 IMG_7037The view across the far end of the garden from the chimney of the bothy, borders in waiting:

IMG_7038Looking over these borders from the back of the shed:

IMG_7039The clematis colonnade, with new ‘collars’ for the clematis to keep the roots in shade:

IMG_7040The woodland edge border, from both directions (ordinary snowdrops suddenly now over for this season):

IMG_7041 IMG_7042The bold borders, a long way off being bold, where I am eagerly observing various salvia and scabious to see if they have overwintered successfully:

IMG_7043 IMG_7044 IMG_7045The blue & white borders:

IMG_7046 IMG_7047The rose garden, all quiet here:

IMG_7048And heading back towards the house again, the special snowdrop border still with snowdrops and hellebores and with white scilla and narcissi buds coming through:

IMG_7049And finally the hedge border, with the developing clump of Anemone blanda that some blooms were picked from for Monday’s vase (more corms will be added to the raised lower section, created when the path was widened and the wall extended last November):


We didn’t peep into the greenhouses or look at the cutting beds or fruit cage this time, nor did we see the chickens or the down the other side of the house where there are lots more potted hostas, but I hope you have still enjoyed your ramble – perhaps we can take a look at them next month. Finally, a big thank you to Helen the Patient Gardener for hosting this meme, and don’t forget to visit her blog too.

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22 Responses to End of Month View: Marching On

  1. What a grand tour Cathy…I think I am partial to the woodland edge…lush, and green with so much foliage….but the entire garden is coming into its own.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Donna – the woodland border always looks good, whatever the season, and I certainly couldn’t have envisaged its success when I was just marking the area out on the grass that was there before !

  2. rickii says:

    I love these early season shots, before the plants mostly obscure the wonderful hardscapes that you have created. Looks like your pots of tulips are getting started. Mine are in full flower and probably the most satisfying thing I did last fall.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks rickii – sometimes I wonder about the balance of hard/soft landscaping but hopefully the hard landscaping is attractive in its own right, and of course it makes getting around the garden in all weathers easy!

  3. You really have a lot of garden! I love all the different areas. It must be beautiful in the summer. šŸ™‚

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you – it has its attractions in every season, although I still feel there are gaps in the summer that I would like to fill, it being a season when you would expect an overflowing garden

  4. Linnae says:

    I love this time of year, don’t you? Everything is coming alive again. I’ll be interested to see how your clematis do with their collars on this year! šŸ™‚

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, the excitement of new growth is wonderful! The clematis have had ad hoc collars of broken pots and pieces of slate up to now, but I wanted to try and get some consistency

  5. Renee says:

    What a lovely ramble… Although I always like to visit the chickens!

  6. AnnetteM says:

    That is such a good idea for the clematis roots. I usually stick some rosemary stalks to make some shade and then it starts growing! Not that we have much need of creating shade here most of the time! Lovely to see some tulips out -I hope ours won’t be far behind.

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  8. Alison says:

    I do love wandering virtually through your garden. thanks for the tour.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Alison – I sometimes wonder if we gardeners would ever have our fill of soaking up gardens, our own and other people’s… šŸ˜‰

  9. Your garden seems to be wide awake now that there is so much going on. You even have a fern up. My ferns are still dormant. I have seen a bit of stirring from ‘Ghost’. It won’t be long. Happy April.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Lisa – some of the ferns don’t lose their leaves at all. Couldn’t say which as although they are mostly labelled the labels will be buried at the base of the clumps now!

  10. Wonderful views… so many interesting little areas. A gorgeous garden to explore as always.

  11. Cathy, considering how early it is in the season still, most of your borders look very full and quite lush, sorry but the numerous empty seats makes me smile, the rather large triple stump is that the one you had taken out that made the woodland much light? Frances

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, I am well aware of the empty seats… šŸ˜‰ And the plum tree stump is just out of view on the RHS of the snowdrop bed picture, but I suspect the 3 stumps you mention are sections of that tree, just placed there for effect

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