Tulips (and Other Things) in March

Chloris of The Blooming Garden invites us to share our Top Ten blooms on the 23rd of every month and although it is now the 24th the photographs here were taken yesterday; I haven’t counted them, but lumping things together there may be about ten or so.

First to get a mention have got to be tulips because I am not sure whether I have had ‘big’ tulips blooming in March before – the little species tulips, perhaps, but not the mainstream ones. This year, bizarrely, the species tulips are lagging behind. Above is a big surprise, a stray tulip appearing in the new holly border where I have been planting snowdrops, bluebells and primroses; I am guessing it must have appeared in soil emptied from pots which contained tulips last year because it is either ‘Exotic Emperor’ or Spring Green’, both of which I grew in pots last year. It seems to imply that keeping tulips from year to year is worth doing, but in practice that doesn’t often happen and this is probably just a happy accident. Following swiftly on its heels is a tub of nameless white tulips, courtesy of Aldi, which (spoiler alert!) may or may not appear in a vase tomorrow…

Also in the holly bed is this huge clump of primroses, rapidly grown from an offset moved from the drier conditions of the woodland and clearly enjoying the recently enriched soil here.

Pretty in a different way are the two fancy primroses in the Coop and a clump of drumstick primulas next to the stream. The former I find are often not worth trying to keep from year to year and the latter were new last year but often don’t return so are especially welcome.

Lumping together everything else in The Coop, here is a taster of some of the lusciousness that can currently be found there – and look at the size of the bloom on Hippeastrum ‘Alfresco’…it must be 8 or 9 inches across!

Back outside, I am enjoying my first season with corydalis, C GP Baker and C Beth Evans. I meant to order a blue variety too but somehow managed to order two the former which is why that is a bigger clump. The unspotted brunnera is an unknown variety from a friend.

Hellebores, although past their peak, are still providing clumps of subtle colour and appear to have bulked up well since last year when they performed relatively poorly. I have taken on board Chloris’ suggestion of feeding them, which I hope they will appreciate. I could show you separate photographs of all of them (there’s quite few…) but instead here are just some. The last photograph shows the snowdrop border with its white and green hellebores, now accompanied by a large brood of Narcissus ‘Snow Baby’; N  ‘Thalia’ is not out yet.

I used to have several large clumps of pulmonaria in the woodland edge border but they have all but disappeared under ivy, which I am now trying to remedy. A healthy clump of pulmonaria, with or without flowers, is a thing of beauty and in the meantime at least I can enjoy this self seeded one which I have moved next to the stream.

I am also enjoying Daphne mezereum, Arabis ‘Old Gold’, Veronica peduncularis ‘Georgia Blue‘, the combination of Anemone blanda and cyclamen foliage, (grudgingly) the brashness of Tête-à-tête and the sight of bulging buds on various Clematis alpina; the garden will have shifted considerably by the time I join Chloris’ meme next month so let’s enjoy every bloom and leaf while we can. Thank you Chloris, for providing this opportunity for us to share them.

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27 Responses to Tulips (and Other Things) in March

  1. bcparkison says:

    Goodness..Thing are coming along rather nice.

  2. Such a beautiful spring garden 🌻💕

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Lisa – it is easy to forget just how much colour there can be in the garden in spring, although admittedly most beds are still just green and brown. But green is exciting too 😉

  3. Heyjude says:

    It’s astonishing how quickly things change. So many plants in flower now. And signs of more to come 🙂

  4. You have some beautiful blooms! I really like that first Tulip and the Hellebores. Happy spring!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Beth. It is good to see the hellebores looking happier this year, and the first tulips are always especially exciting to see

  5. Kris P says:

    Wow, Spring has most certainly arrived in your garden, Cathy! To have tulips bloom as a “happy accident” is something I can’t even imagine. I love the green-flowered Hippeastrum and the Corydalis too. The latter is yet another on the very long list of plants I can’t grow in my climate, despite a couple of delusional attempts to do so.

    • Cathy says:

      It certainly has, Kris. In temperate climate like the UK I suppose there is less risk involved in trying borderline plants – but you know how much we enjoy seeing your beauties that we could ever grow here!

  6. Pauline says:

    So much to enjoy in your garden Cathy, love your first tulip and the white primrose. The perfume in your Coop must be wonderful! This really is a wonderful time of year.

  7. Ali, The Mindful Gardener says:

    Isn’t that interesting about the species tulips? ‘Exotic Emperor’ was the first in my garden too, and the species tulips may join him today. My primroses have gone crazy this year! Even ones which were only divided last year are just bursting with flowers and must have doubled in size in a few short weeks.

  8. Christina says:

    I’m pretty sure the tulip is Exotic Emperor. Nice selection for your ten.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Christina – that was my first thought (that it was EE). After seeing yours I had already made a note to order them again next year, and this confirms it

  9. tonytomeo says:

    Dang! That big white primrose is CRAZY big! I would not mind them so much of they were that impressive here. They are grown as cool season annuals. They can survive as perennials, but are rarely grown as such.
    The main reason I do not grow tulips is that they do not get enough chill here. They are therefore also grown as annuls, like yours are. Now that species tulips that had been available only from online or mail order catalogues are becoming more popular here, I am wondering if some will be more reliable perennial. I would not mind growing them if they were not such an expensive annual.

  10. Chloris says:

    Thank you for joining in and sharing your gorgeous March flowers Cathy. You have lots to enjoy in the coop, you have been busy. And thank you for reminding me of the name Veronica peduncularis, I just couldn’t think of it. It is such a gorgeous shade of blue and the clump gets bigger every year. I am crazy about Corydalis and the enthusiasm with which they seed about. In my garden George Baker doesn’t last so long but there are always plenty of pinks and lilacs. Your daphne looks fabulous as does your whole garden. Thanks.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Chloris – it was interesting to hear what you said about corydalis. The Veronica must have had flowers every month since I got it but seems to be in full flower now

  11. Brian Skeys says:

    I have read that Spring Green can become perennial, I have planted some of last years in the garden to see. Most of my two year old tulips replanted in pots with new compost have failed to appear or look as if they have tulip fire🙁

    • Cathy says:

      Interesting about Spring Green – but I have had so little success on tulips returning after being in pots that I will probably continue to treat them as annuals

  12. Cathy, her March flowers, I love them and they say it’s already Spring. The lone Tulip looks like an Exotic Emperor and is a jewel. The Coop is paradise with so many wonderful plants and flowers. The primroses of the forest are lovely. The soft anemones I like a lot. Walking through your garden with so many flowers should be wonderful. Have a very good week and enjoy your garden. Greetings from Margarita.

  13. rickii says:

    You’ve definitely got the Spring thing going for you…Yum!

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