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.
Love your hellebores! There are so many! They look lovely in a collage.
Thanks Ali – it would be hard to pick out a favourite
What a glorious collection of hellebores!
I’m gasping over your hellebores!
They do the hard work themselves, Eliza – I just admire them too
I agree with Ali. Gorgeous collage.
Stunning collection of hellebores!
Thanks – one can never have too many!
What they said!! Gorgeous!!!!
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Thank you for sharing your March blooms Cathy. We are all drooling over your lovely hellebore collection.
Oh dear, we have another white out, so my favourite blooms will have to wait until next week. Let’s hope all our treasures will survive this latest freeze.
You are welcome, Chloris. Sorry to hear about your snow – we have had the forecasted odd flake (well, tiny particle) but looks like that will be all – but it is bitterly cold and windy. Keep warm ☃️
Oh I hope it’s pleasant matters that are occupying you Cathy. I need to divide my snowdrops too but its’ not the weather for it this weekend. It’s bitterly cold in that wind so I’ve just sown a few seeds under cover. Your woodland primroses are stars. I would love some seeds from any of your double pink hellebore seeds if you have any to spare later this year 🙂
Any of the double pinks, Anna? I will make sure I do that for you. Hopefully we can all catch up on garden jobs later in the week – christening of the newest Poppet today, with w/e visit from ED and the other Poppet
Oh yes please to seed from any of your double pinks Cathy. I will be cheeky and remind you nearer the time if I remember 🙂 Hope that you all had a lovely and memorable day xxx
Oh please do remind me, Anna – at the moment it is still in my head but of course I can’t guarantee how long it willl stay there 😉 Do you still want Dahlias Jowey Winnie and Glow? I am hoping to be able to give you offshoots if you do. Yes, a pleasant w/e – and it’s not often I see both my girls at the same time which is especially lovely
Cathy the collection of Hellebores she has is magnificent, beautiful, lovely. But do not underestimate the white Crocus “Ladykiller” with its dark blue brushstroke is divine like the pure white “Snowbunting” Crocus. The native Primulas in the forest are the most beautiful. In addition to the rest of primroses of various types in flower that are really precious. And the daffodils about to open are beautiful. But the stars are the Hellebores. Greetings from Margarita.
Thanks Margarita, the hellebores are always so beautiful and worth waiting for. Can you grow them in Spain?
Our daffodils and narcissus finished quite a while ago. Crocus do not do so well here. We are supposed to be planting warm season annuals now.
I have started sowing hardy annuals here too, Tony.
That really is a gorgeous collection of Hellebores Cathy! The collage is a great way to share them.
Thanks Christina – I took all my pictures and began writing the post the found I only had 15 hellebores so had to go out and find one I had not photographed to get a 4×4 grid!
Hellebore envy, if there is such a thing I’ve got it. Very lovely mix you’ve got there Cathy
Thanks Dorris – sorry to put you in that position! I shall be happier when they are all big chunky clumps though but they can take their time establishing
I think they can take up to five years to become a really chunky plant. I guess that is why they are so expensive to buy
Yes, that’s a good point. Some of mine came as plug plants from Hayloft so had catching up to do!
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Gorgeous hellebores; I need some!!
Can you grow them where you are? Definitely recommend them if you can
Yes, I am quite certain they grow well here in the Pacific northwest as it is called; south coast of B.C.; I wonder if the deer like to eat them?
I believe they are meant to be deer resistant, so it looks as if can comfortably go on your wish list
Oh good news! I saw a bunch of deep burgundy coloured ones at the garden centre last week….
I’m going to give it a try!
Oh do let us know what varieties you choose and how you get on
Well done on your lovely array of hellebores, both in the garden and in your post. I am slowly striving for more variety here, but have a long way to go to match you! Do you pot up your seedlings to watch for new winners?