I have been busy with all sorts of things recently, not just The Project or even the garden, and missed my usual Wordless Wednesday post without even being aware it was Wednesday. Like me, the garden has also been busy, encouraged by milder temperatures (like me) and moist days (not quite so much like me). The ‘special snowdrops’ are virtually over but the natives have life in them yet although are crying out for some subdivision which they would usually have had by now; other gardeners may wait till after flowering but I tend to do it bit-by-bit over their season so that’s not a problem.
Daffodils and narcissi, however, are just coming into their season and buds on my Tête-à-Tête are just beginning to burst open; the ones above are in the streamside grass where they could do with a boost to their numbers. Most of the Crocus tommasinianus in the grass here have finished, but a handful of Crocus ‘Ladykiller’ (below left) were enjoying today’s warmth and sunshine. Only a handful of Crocus ‘Snowbunting’ (below right) have survived from the original planting in the hedge border but I might risk adding some to my next bulb list and trying again.
Primroses and primulas of various types are in full bloom, with the native primroses in the woodland being the stars; others suffer from weather and bird damage and to look at their best I have come to realise they would need to be kept inside in a pot where they should remain pristine, as Chloris has shown us in the recent post of her new greenhouse and its glorious contents.
There are a few other little jewels dotted about the garden, the odd Cyclamen coum, a hint of colour on the Daphne mezereum ‘Rubra‘plus the first blooms on some tatty pulmonaria (these have not looked brilliant for a year or two – why? must check it out), but the stars are the hellebores, which each year we think are later than usual but they never are – they flower in their own good time, which is usually about now. Whenever they flower, they are all such beauties, whether frilly or scalloped, freckled or plain; feast your eyes and then pop over to Chloris’ blog at The Blooming Garden to see her floriferous greenhouse and in due course her own choice of March blooms, which may or not be in the aforementioned greenhouse. She kindly allows us to link our monthly bloom posts to her own, so thanks for that, Chloris.