End of Month View: March 2018

My apologies for the delay in this post which should have been published yesterday. I have been somewhat distracted by a lack of heating, hot water and reduced cooking appliances since Thursday.  I won’t bore you with the details suffice to say it’s not due to am oversight on bill payment. The situation should be resolved on Tuesday but in the meantime I have been unbelievably distracted with staying warm.  The persistent cold and damp weather have not helped the situation and sitting by a fire hand quilting a double quilt has been more attractive than sticking my head outside all of which makes me sound quite old!

Anyway, I have woken to sunshine this morning and a light bulb moment of “goodness it’s the start of April and I am late on the EOMV post” so here goes – at least the photos are sunnier than if I had taken them yesterday in the rain.

The above photo is what I call the bench shot because I stand on the patio bench go take it. I was going to say that not much has changed over the last month especially as we had yet more snow but actually things are starting to happen. The first daffodils are flowering adding extra sparkles of colour to the hellebores. I plan to add loads more narcissus for next Spring and will try to remember to make some notes of the gaps that need filling over the next few weeks.  I also want to add lots of the tiny blue and pink bulbs – Scillas, Chionodoxa, Pushchkinia and Ipheion. There is a mass of these at work which just looks stunning at the moment.

And it’s not just the bulbs that are making an effort the Prunus kojo-no-mai has started to flower and should shortly be followed by the large unidentified Prunus and the Amelanchier and Elder are both beginning to unfurl their leaves.  My gardening friends at HPS agree that spring is going to come with a rush this year and we will be playing catch up so I’m off this morning to sow some half hardy annuals in the greenhouse.

Whilst it might not seem like much has changed over the last month in the garden I have been busy when the weather has allowed. I have made real progress in redoing the back of the garden and am now starting to think about what plant needs to go where. My task today will be to dig up the Buddleja salviifolia, which you can just see behind the top bench, and bring it down to a more sheltered position on the patio. Hopefully it won’t be a case of closing the stable door after the horse has bolted; as you can just about see it looks a little bedraggled and has suffered in the cold winds. The Euphorbia characias ‘Silver Swan’ in front of it will also probably be moved as it’s grey leaves may not work with the new planting but we shall see. I can’t quite visualise it yet but if I pot up the Euphorbia it will clear the space and I will be able to see it with fresh eyes.

As I break down the back terrace to make a slope I am having to dig up all sorts of seedlings and perennials and relocate them around the garden.  It is amazing how many aquilegia seedlings there are although I suspect they will all be that dirty pink that aquilegia seedlings tend to be. Nevertheless, I have been popping them in any gaps I can find in the borders so we shall see.

So this is my garden at the end of March and I am amazed how much colour there is despite the cold and damp.

If you would like to join in with the End of Month View meme you are very welcome to, the more the merrier.  All I ask is that you link to this post in yours and leave a link to your post in the comments box below so we can all come for a visit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Rachel says:

    The sunshine brings out the colours beautifully, doesn’t it!

    My sympathies over the domestic upheaval – I know from experience how hard it can be to think straight when you’re cold. Extra woollies, a blanket coccoon, and in extreme cases, fingerless mittens and a hat!

  2. Cathy says:

    Glad to hear you have not sunk into a state of penury, Helen, and hope that your heating and appliance issues are shortly resolved. Good to know you are being inspired to think ahead to changes in your revised plot – make sure you write down your spring bulb ideas before you forget!! My EOMV is at:
    https://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2018/03/31/end-of-month-view-happy-times/
    Thanks for hosting and allowing us to showcase our views too.

  3. Steve says:

    Hi Helen good to hear you are getting back into your garden. March was terrible month for doing things in the garden the weather was always against what I wanted to do. Here is my EoMV
    https://glebehouse.wordpress.com/2018/03/31/end-of-the-month-view-march-2018/

  4. rusty duck says:

    I go into complete shutdown when I get cold. This year it has happened far too often, even after the works to install the new central heating boiler. But oh my, what a lot of colour you do have and I love your Prunus Kojo-no-mai. My place is still in the depths of winter by comparison. If Spring comes in a rush then I am more than ready and armed with my to-do list, all 3 pages of it!
    Here’s my link:
    https://www.rustyduck.net/2018/03/30/oh-come-on-spring/

  5. Ali says:

    It is lovely to see views of your garden. You are right, there is a lot going on even though things seem a little late this year. I was looking through photos from last year and the apple and pear blossom were out on 1st April, as were many of my tulips! We will appreciate it all the more this year when it does get going.

  6. Hope you get everything sorted indoors quickly – it’s always a worry when things you depend on don’t work as they should.
    Have a look at corydalis solida as well for early colour., see
    http://www.growsonyou.com/photo/slideshow/335604-corydalis-solida-2018/member/AndrewR
    Since then I have added ‘George Baker’ with bright red flowers. I have found either putting them all together, or groups of a single colour around the garden makes the greatest impact.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Funnily enough I bought that corydalis yesterday

  7. tonytomeo says:

    Memes are addictive. I can’t keep up with the one I already do; and it is only ONE!

  8. Alison says:

    Sorry to hear you’ve been having heating issues.

    The garden is looking great – lots of colour.

    My EOMR is here http://www.blackberrygarden.co.uk/2018/04/end-of-month-review-march-2018.html?m=1

  9. Caro says:

    Apologies if this is the third comment you get, Helen – both Safari and Opera seemed to swallow my comment left. Now trying in Chrome!
    Your grassy border has inspired me to plant more spring colour in my washing line border for next year; I love the little pops of colour and your border looks very lush! I’m finding that my border is a constant work in progress, searching for good ideas in this tricky area.
    My EOMV: https://urbanvegpatch.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/the-real-end-of-month-view-for-march-in.html

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