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.