Once I began dipping my toes into the pleasant waters of the garden blogging community, some months after the blog was born, I quickly discovered and participated in various memes like Garden Bloggers’ Blooms Day, Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day, End of Month View and Wordless Wednesday, some informal and some with a host like our friend Jon the Propagator with this Six on Saturday meme. As well as sharing what was going on in our gardens, they often proved to be a useful tool for keeping a monthly or weekly record. Some of these memes have fallen by the wayside over the years, and some I have continued informally for my own records.
One such meme is the monthly blooms day, which still continues but I never felt part of any community and eventually just posted in my own right, happily joining Chloris’ friendly Top Ten Blooms meme for the period she hosted it at a later date, and now posting again on my ownsome – when I remember! I am pretty sure I didn’t post a round-up of them in January or February, so decided to pull my socks (shorter socks, now the weather is improving of course!) up and get back into the routine, albeit rather late in March. Out came the camera and the March blooms ramble began…leaving me reelin’ and a rockin’…. rockin’ with the joy of all the colour, and reelin’ with the sheer abundance!
The only sensible way to give you a taste of this abundance was in roughly themed collage form with the briefest of summaries but, even so, editing photos was a lengthy process, but hopefully it is worth it – and do forgive me if you have a garden full of bare soil and sticks at the moment…
Let’s start with the Coop, with fragrant narcissi, hyacinths, hippeastrum, hepatica, cyclamen and muscari:
Most of these blooms are from bulbs or corms, so let’s move on to bulbs in the garden, particularly narcissi, fritillary, muscari, leucojum, wood anemone, Anemone blanda, scilla, muscari, hyacinth (released from an indoors pot some years ago), the first (species) tulips and even some named snowdrops still:
Somehow I seem to have acquired a few dozen hellebores over the years (how do these things happen?!), albeit some still fairly small, but my goodness they are mostly at their peak now and an absolute delight – here is just a selection:
Not as abundant – although I love them dearly for their variable flowers and spotty, silver or just plain green foliage, and must indeed add more – are pulmonaria and here are just a few of those that are performing nicely:
Shrubs and climbers include Clematis armandii, Prunus mume ‘Beni Chidori’, Viburnum bodantense ‘Dawn’, Lonicera standishii ‘Budapest’, Daphne mezeurum ‘Rubra’, witch hazel Hamamelis ‘Amethyst’, Abeliophyllum distichum, dwarf Rhodendron ‘Ptarmigan’, Camellia ‘Yuletide’, Skimmia ‘Kew Green’ and a hedgerow wild prunus:
Finally, the others, bellis, comfrey, primroses in various forms, including cowslip, violas, a plain-leaved brunnera and that almost perpetually flowering arabis:
Whew! It’s no wonder I was reelin’ after all that lot – all this and it’s only March! I am now off to our host Jon’s blog to see the varied contributions of other gardeners, who no doubt will have some exciting things to share too.