March Blooms: Reelin’ and a Rockin for Six on Saturday

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.

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30 Responses to March Blooms: Reelin’ and a Rockin for Six on Saturday

  1. bcparkison says:

    Beautiful. All of this is in bloom all ready? Not here but there is still a hint of a real Spring coming.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Beverley – until I came to take the photographs I don’t think I had appreciated quite how much was in bloom!

  2. Pauline says:

    What a magnificent array of blooms, I think we could all do with a pause button at the moment, they are coming along far too fast! I’m sure that like me, you are finding new treasures opening each day, springtime is wonderful!

    • Cathy says:

      YES Pauline, a pause button would be a great idea – I really did find the abundance almost overwhelming as it al seemed to come at once. And is this spring more wonderful than other years, do you think, or do we think that every year…?!

  3. Kris P says:

    I enjoyed seeing your marvelous mix of blooms, Cathy, especially as what you can grow in your climate is so different from my own line-up. I’ve been adding more hellebores but I don’t expect I’ll ever have a mix as diverse and gorgeous as yours. Your IAVOM and Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, are the only two memes I’ve reliably participated in since I started blogging. Snapping photos of almost everything in bloom each month, not to mention creating a post showing them, is a time-consuming exercise but it does create an excellent record that I reference often.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kris. I have never counted the hellebores, but there must be over 40, mostly different and mostly named. I used to participate in GBBD but never had any feedback from the host, whch is why I stopped, but perhaps some memes are like that. I find Six on Saturday helpful for posting what can be a mix of varied oddments, but organing my blooms into six themes seemed to serve both purposes satisfactorarily, to my mind anyway!

  4. The Coop is a treasure: daffodils, hyacinths, hepatica, hippeastrum, cyclamen and muscari, I love them. I love all the bulbs in the garden, but it is especially daffodils, muscari, hyacinth, tulips, wood anemone, Anemone blanda and scilla; all wonderful. All hellebores are divine, very special, I love them. Pulmonaria are magnificent and wonderful, I love them all. The bushes and climbers are all sensational, extraordinary, adorable, precious – I love them all. The bellis, comfrey, primroses, violas, brunnera, arabis: I love them. Cathy your garden in March is a marvel full of formidable, fantastic, wonderful, divine flowers: it is a paradise, I love it !!!! Enjoy them! Good weekend and happy gardening. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

  5. Anna says:

    Some beautiful March colour Cathy and what a magical time of year it is. I’m intrigued to know which snowdrops are still flowering with you. I’m fairly sure that mine have all sadly departed for the year. Pumonarias are fabulous but why do all the most attractive seedlings appear in the most awkward spots, from which it is nigh on impossible to extract them from to plant elsewhere or pass on to a friend who asked very recently if I could spare some seedlings 😂

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Anna – the snowdrop I showed was ‘Fanny’, but Trym, Trumps and Philippe André Meyer were still in bloom too. It’s intriguing how pulmonaria can pop up in places some distance from any others, but I haven’t as yet been asked for any so am not sure whether they would be equally awkward for me!

  6. I would say your garden is rocking and rolling for March. I am reeling from the bounty!

  7. Chloris says:

    I love your collages, what a fabulous way to display your glorious abundance of spring blooms. All so beautiful.

    • Cathy says:

      It was going from place to place photographing them that made me realise just how many here were – such a lovely time, as it will be in your garden too

  8. tonytomeo says:

    WOW! That is a lot more that Six!

  9. Fantastic selection. I love the white Muscari in the Coop. What is the Cyclamen flowering there? C. repandum? It’s very nice anyway!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks KH&C. The muscari are actually a very pale blue rather than white and were another of my £1 bargains, called Baby’s Breath! The cyclamen is just a bog standard ‘bedding’ cyclamen from Aldi, so probably C persicum, and I won’t try and keep it any longer than a few months

  10. Blimey, that is a fantastic spread. Love the pinkish blues in your selection of pulmonarias. Are you thinking of creating a national collection of anything?

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Allison, I was genuinely astonished at the quantity of blooms when I came to photograph them. I have a soft spot for pulmonaria and Geranium magnificum as they are the 2 plants that came from my teenage parental home and with me to every garden since. Aiming for a National Collection would be a challenge, and probabably involve more plants than I had space for – there must be 100s of hellebores around, but pulmonarias might be a bit more do-able… 😉 Who knows…!

  11. Noelle M says:

    I would need to be constantly looking up the plant names! You have a fabulous assortment Cathy, and many thanks for sharing.

    • Cathy says:

      I suppose having bought all the plants myself that is a good starting point, but perhaps I do assimilate the names more than some others might – and I do like to know what they are called, and have them all labelled

  12. What a great selection of flowers.

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you – I think some things are perhaps flowering a little later than they might in other years, so perhaps there is more overlap than some years

  13. I do love a collage, and these are wonderful, what a lot of lovely plants you have!

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you – I used the collage function on Picasa but had to keep ‘shuffling’ the layot to get a balanced look, and in some cases it wasn’t ideal, but it certainly served the purpose of this post

  14. Cathy says:

    Gorgeous! I especially love all your hellebores Cathy. Such a wonderful collection. 😃

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – some have only got a couple of blooms on them as they are still quite small, but if they thrive it will be hellebore heaven in a few years!

  15. So many lovely flowers this week! Gorgeous.

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