GBBD March 2012 – Tiny Treasures

As dusk falls over my garden the daffodils and primroses are the last flowers to disappear into the gloom.Yellow is one of those colours synonymous with spring.  I have often wondered why so many spring flowers are yellow and I think it is to attract the bees and other pollinators.  It is certainly a cheery colour.  I have daffodils popping up all around the garden.  The large trumpet daffs that I inherited with the property are almost past their best and now the smaller varieties that I have added are coming into their own.  I think the ones above are Tete a Tete planted a couple of years ago in the woodland border.  I am trying much harder to label or learn plant names.

My early primroses have been flowering for a couple of weeks now.  This year unusually they have kept their flowers.  In previous years I have watched as birds have carefully removed the flower heads for no apparent reason.  Now we have a cat this is no longer a problem!

I love this little Epimedium (variety unknown).  It is the ultimate dainty flower.  I have recently discovered that there are lots of new introductions from Japan with wonderful pink and yellow flowers so I think I will be seeking a few more out.

The scent of hyacinths is quite powerful, maybe too strong for the house but wonderful in the garden on a sunny Spring day.  This is the first year for some time that I haven’t had any forced for indoors which I have then planted out in the borders.  Whilst, I  do like these plants I think my taste is moving towards  more dainty Spring flowers.

I do like these muscari althougth the leaves can be a bit leggy and annoying.  I am also not to sure about the Christmas Roses which are only just flowering.  The flower stems are much shorter than my other hellebores and it is difficult to appreciate the flowers.  I am wondering if I move them to one of the raised beds in the woodland area whether they will be displayed better.  I have quite a few dotted around the  garden so maybe I will bring them together to make more of an impact.

I was pleased to see that my Omphalodes cappadocica ‘Cherry Ingram’ has started to flower.  I bought this plant last year at the Malvern Spring Show and then couldn’t decide where to plant it and have to confess the plant was moved a few times.  I think it is in the right place now nestled in the edge of the raised wooden border, peeping over a log.

I will leave you with my favourite hellebore (name unknown).  I am really studying these in detail at the moment as this plant is the subject of my latest watercolour painting.  It’s not until you really stare at the plants in order to paint them that you start to appreciate the finer details of them.

I would now give you a link to last year’s March GBBD post but I didn’t do one which is a pity so here is the 2010’s post which demonstrates how far ahead we are this year as there were only buds to show in 2010.

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15 Comments Add yours

  1. Bridget Foy says:

    Lovely colour Hellebores and Tete a Tete are my fave daffs. I too have wondered why so many Spring flowers are yellow!

    1. patientgardener says:

      I really like tete a tete as well. Though I also like what we call Jonquils – the ones with strong scent that come along in about a month

  2. gardeningasylum says:

    Helen, you have quite a bit going already – the epimediums are my favorites this time of year – your photo shows their elegant side, but they are so tough too! Glad someone else struggles to get things labeled…

  3. Lea says:

    Very pretty!
    Happy Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day!
    Lea’s menagerie

  4. Holleygarden says:

    Beautiful primroses! Interesting that the birds would take the flower heads. Maybe to put in their nests – I wonder if the scent keeps some kind of bug away? (Just some wild guessing.) Anyway, I love muscari, too, but I also find the long foliage a bit hard to appreciate. Lovely hellebore! Happy GBBD!

    1. patientgardener says:

      Hi HG – if only they did remove the flowers to line their nests. No they just sit there and peck off the flowers and throw them on the floor. I dont know whether they get some sort of nectar hit.

  5. How pretty! Your hellbore is beautiful, and I’m sure will make a wonderful painting. 🙂

    Happy Gardening!

  6. fen says:

    love the pictures i have most of these plants in my spring garden

  7. Anna says:

    Must look out for epimediums on my travels Helen – that photo is most tempting. Hope that you have thanked your dear cat for services rendered to horticulture.

  8. Love your yellow blooms…I just did my yellow post today for GBBD…my daffs have not bloomed yet…hyacinths are my fav…hope to see them soon as well…

  9. I can see the subtle appeal of the hellebore. Only our specialty nurseries carry them around here. At first I thought they did so just to help those from colder climates feel that it’s really spring in a season of flowers they might not equate with “spring.” But they’re really quite lovely when you get face-to-face with them. Happy Bloomday!

  10. hillwards says:

    Lovely red hellebore. Hopefully ours will be flowering next year (I bought young ones just before Christmas, they have good leaves but no flowers). The epimedium is very pretty, I have been rather taken with these for a while now, they are on my wish list. Have you read Dan Pearson’s Home Ground? The most wonderful book, I read my mum’s copy cover to cover twice, then had to buy it myself. He describes a selection of epimediums quite beautifully, it’s hard not to instantly rush to the computer and order some!

  11. I just love your flowers. Also love Epimediums. I used to have one in Maine and need to add some to my new garden here but don’t come across them much – mail order. I can see why that Hellebore is your favorite and would love to see your watercolor!

  12. You do have a lot blooming, Helen. I would guess you are three weeks ahead of our garden in Pennsylvania, though we are enjoying an early spring as well. The red Hellebores is very pretty… the flower looking much like the new ‘Anna’s Red’ that is creating such a stir.
    Happy GBBD.

  13. Christina says:

    Spring IS yellow to me too, I’ve been enjoying the daffodils in England where I’ve been for a quick visit – I’m so glad it coincided with the daffodils. Your Hellebore is lovely. I heard on GQT (radio 4) that sometimes birds destroy flowers or buds trying to get water or liquid; I’m wondering if this was the reason for the damage to my Wisteria last year. Christina

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