End of Month View – March 2012

I was going to start this post with commenting on the weird weather this past month but I feel like I have been doing that for the last year!  Anyway, it has been unseasonably warm the last couple of weeks and we have had hardly any rain which is very unusual.  Need less to say this has had an impact on the garden and many flowers are flowering early although the trees don’t seem that early.   It has been strange at work to see our students sunbathing under trees where the leaves haven’t opened!

The tulips are certainly coming into their own and filling the border as I hoped they would.  I am hoping that as they die down the perennials they are planted amongst will cover the  tulips dying foliage.  The bamboo cloches are there to protect my Delphinium, well to protect my cat from the slug pellets I have put round them.  The Delphinium are coming through strongly so hopefully this early action have given them a head start on the slugs.

I am still wondering about adding forget me nots for next spring but I wonder if that would be too much and to be honest whilst it probably doesn’t look like it right now there isn’t that much space for them.  I have some Nepeta and more Geraniums to plant out along the wall edge to add to the froth in the summer.

I was going to concentrate on just the Cottage Garden Border and the Spring/Patio Border this year in the End of Month posts but I thought I would show you the woodland border that I featured last year which never seemed to change or fill out.  The border was new a year ago this month and I am really pleased that the first planting of daffodils are really looking good – these are Thalia and the small ones in the front, which aren’t quite out yet, are Hawera.  I think next spring I will add to these with more at the back of the border.  I also still need to sort out the back of the border.

Now we have the Spring/patio border and yet again I am apologising for the apparently large bare patch in the middle.  There are ferns and Cimicifuga coming through here – honest. But it does look awful so I have decided to add some more small narcissus  next spring.  I thought about extending the snowdrops down the border but I think I really want some interest now and the snowdrops are long over.  The yellow of the narcissus will work well with the hyacinth and Erythronium which are flowering now.

The longer view of the border and I am glad to report that the jasmine  I butchered in the autumn is beginning to re-shoot so the wall will soon be covered again.  Hopefully the geraniums and Nepeta I am going to plant along the top of the wall will add another dimension to the border.  There are Japanese anemones, acanthus and astrantia beginning to shoot and reappear so next month there is might be more to see.

If you would like to join in with the End of Month View meme please do – the more the merrier.  Just leave a link to your post in the comment box.


32 Comments Add yours

  1. It is all looking pretty good – and love your lobster pots. I love spring gardens everything looking fresh and new and nice to have colour again. Every week now the garden will be changing lots to look forward to.

  2. Hi Helen! It is looking lovely, particularly with the bamboo cloches. I had some small delphinium plants grown from seed last year and never planted out. They made their way through the winter and I was wondering the best time to plant them – as you have yours in situ now, I may well do the same. Note to self: buy some more bamboo cloches! Not sure where my forget me nots are this year, usually they are prolific but there are hardly any now – a blessing really as too many self-seed everywhere. I am about to do my entry for EMOV.

  3. islandthreads says:

    hello Helen, I think your garden is coming along beautifully, I like the cloches among the tulips which will look even more beautiful as more of them bloom, I think daffodils look better as the years go by and they bulk up, now I wouldn’t notice the bare patch in your patio boarder if you didn’t point it out as I would be too busy looking at what is growing, there is quite a bit in bloom when I bring up the larger photo, to me it’s all looking good,

    I’ve done most this month in the fruit area I posted about last month so have posted an up to date view for my end of month view which can be seen here

    thanks for hosting this meme I’m enjoying it, Frances

  4. b-a-g says:

    Hi Helen – Looks like you’ve been spring-cleaning. The bamboo cloches look really decorative, better than the swathes of netting covering my precious ones. In my garden, forget-me-nots decide where to plant themselves, haven’t seen one yet though.

    Here’s my contribution to your meme : http://experiments-with-plants.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/back-in-my-garden-29-mar-2012.html

  5. I’ll be joining on Monday Helen…I love seeing all your brick…everything seems to be filling in with early blooms…I have sparse daffs and hyacinths waiting for warmer weather to coax some other plants to grow again…

  6. Sandra Jonas says:

    Everything looking lovely!

  7. Lyn says:

    The Cottage Border is looking so pretty, and those bamboo cloches are decorative in their own right; they don’t need a function. They just seem perfect with the tulips. These gardens sound like they’re going to be really full in a month or so – Spring is the season of anticipation! My EOMV post is below.

  8. Alison says:

    Hi Helen Your garden looks so wonderfully neat – and it is looking great this time of year.

    My EoMR is here http://ozhene.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/end-of-month-review-march.html

  9. Your garden is beginning to fill out so nicely. The strange weather has been a challenge, but I have been trying to just take it day by day. I find it interesting how much the weather affects us…and our moods. Over the past few years, I walk around the garden at this time of year and note where I could add more narcissus for next spring. Your bed, as you are designing it, will look very beautiful. Thanks for hosting!

  10. kate says:

    When I saw the first shot I said ‘oh, how pretty’ out loud – and it is lovely. The bamboo cloches are fab, and how very neat and tidy your garden is!

    Here’s my EOMV: http://beangenie.wordpress.com/

  11. easygardener says:

    I would try Forget-Me-Nots. They are esay to pull out after they have flowered (when they look messy) and they always set seed for next year.
    My post is now up.

  12. Scott says:

    Everything is filling in marvelously! I think we all have a few “bare patches” in our gardens…especially at this time of year. I always get so annoyed by the plants that don’t seem to emerge until it’s practically summer…I always swear I’m going to rip them out and plant something that doesn’t leave me looking at dirt until July!

  13. Helen – I ADORE your lobster pots, dont they look fine, they give such an elegant structure to the early spring border, as well as protecting your Delphiniums.

    The woodland border is also looking very pretty in the Spring sunshine.
    Apologies for my lateness again, sadly it has been bonkers busy, but my post is now up 🙂



  14. Anna says:

    Am envious of the bamboo cloches/lobster pots – they look so natural and an integral part of the border. Are they pegged down at all? Just wondering whether they could take off on a windy night. Late again but my post is here : http://www.greentapestry.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/end-of-month-view-march-2012.html
    More of a narrative this time.

  15. Christina says:

    Spring is such a hopeful time isn’t it, everything beginning to do what we hoped! I love the bamboo cloches, I need something like this to protect my early peas and salad from the birds. Sorry this is so late but I wanted to participate so hopefully better alte than never. Christina here’s my link. http://myhesperidesgarden.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/end-of-month-view-march-2012-the-slope/

  16. Mark and Gaz says:

    We must get better at joining in the various blogging memes!, We didnt actually call our recent post an end of month review but it does sum up everything bursting into life at the moment. Will try harder next month!

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