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:
The adjacent streamside, with the shrub border on the right, and also from the other direction:
The woodland, with wood anemones beginning to join the primrose and obliging Rhododendron ‘Cheers’ breaking out in bud:
The view across the far end of the garden from the chimney of the bothy, borders in waiting:
Looking over these borders from the back of the shed:
The clematis colonnade, with new ‘collars’ for the clematis to keep the roots in shade:
The woodland edge border, from both directions (ordinary snowdrops suddenly now over for this season):
The bold borders, a long way off being bold, where I am eagerly observing various salvia and scabious to see if they have overwintered successfully:
The blue & white borders:
The rose garden, all quiet here:
And heading back towards the house again, the special snowdrop border still with snowdrops and hellebores and with white scilla and narcissi buds coming through:
And 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.