There are many things in the garden that are bringing happiness at the end of March, a greenhouse full of seedlings being one of them. I don’t think my list of sowings (under the Sowings Record tab above) is quite up to date, but all my February and March sowings have now been pricked out and are gazed fondly upon more than once every day. Each year I marvel at the amount of pleasure one tiny seed can give during its life cycle, and at the seemingly miraculous process involved. Elsewhere there is evidence of growth in every border: leaf buds breaking, bulb foliage pushing upwards and the first signs of growth from many of the herbaceous perennials. Helen the Patient Gardener invites us to share our End of Month Views with the wider garden blogging community so do pop over to her blog as well to see what’s making other gardeners happy at the moment.
Below, the first tulips are appearing in pots on the paved area, well in advance of any others, and definitely making me happy. The large concrete statue thing peeking out over the white metal chair in the middle of the picture is one of a pair of Japanese style ‘lanterns’ which are surplus to requirements and have just been listed on eBay. Although they are in 3 sections each part is very heavy so this one is not going anywhere in a hurry!
Adjacent to this is the streamside grass and the shrub border, currently bright and cheerful with a mass of Tête-à-Tête. The view from the other end also takes in a pile of timber from an old fence, awaiting cutting into firewood for a neighbour.
The woodland is full of primroses, with fritillaries just coming into bud and wood anemones thrusting themselves into the light:
The herbaceous borders, from the bothy and from ground level, looking much greener than a month ago:
The woodland edge border from both directions, with lots of native snowdrop foliage waiting to be divided, and colour from a number of hellebores which are unusually less floriferous than usual:
The three bold borders:
Winter Sunshine sweet peas in the greenhouse, growing rapidly as the days get milder:
The blue & white border and the rose garden:
The special snowdrop border, with one or two specials still flowering and a number of star hellebores, enjoying less competition than those in the woodland edge border:
And finally, making me very happy indeed, is the site of The Project, but for now that is…