The Slope on Thursday 20th March

The weather has been more settled his week, I was away for a long weekend but I’ve been told that the temperatures rose quite dramatically at the weekend to the mid 20’s with no cold wind ti make it feel colder.  I was away 4 days; I was shocked to see how much had changed when I returned.  Many tulips are now flowering and salad crops in trays in the greenhouse doubled in size!

Muscari on the slope are continuing to grow and so the amount of blue is stronger than last week.  More Eschscholzia californica are opening, the ones flowering seem to be the plants that survived from last year while the newer plants will flower a little later which is nice as it will extend the season.

The usual view, except the field is being ploughed, I'm not sure what they'll plant, I hope not maize!

The usual view, except the field is being ploughed, I’m not sure what they’ll plant, I hope not maize!

Perovskia is showing lots of new growth

Perovskia is showing lots of new growth

Solanum jasminoides 'Alba' is begining to flower again!

Solanum jasminoides ‘Alba’ is begining to flower again!

Looking up from the gate, prostrate rosemary and Euphorbia myrsinites

Looking up from the gate, prostrate rosemary and Euphorbia myrsinites

Eschscholzia californica with Muscari

Eschscholzia californica with Muscari

Eschscholzia californica with Rosemary

Eschscholzia californica with Rosemary

Eschscholzia californica with Muscari

Eschscholzia californica with Muscari

I know there has been continued bad weather in North America and summer-like weather in much of the UK, what’s it been like where you garden?  Is there one part of your garden that is particularly good at this time of year?

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21 thoughts on “The Slope on Thursday 20th March

  1. Its back to winter today Christina with winds coming down from the arctic! The spell of sunshine we had has tempted lots into leaf or flower, I just hope they can cope with such a cold wind.
    The orange of your Californian poppies with the blue of the grape hyacinths is so beautiful, they go so well together.

  2. I see your orange poppies are still going strong – great. Strange you showed us Perovskia as I had just bought a dwarf version from a garden centre sale. It is only supposed to grow to 2 ft so I have optimistically planted it in the rockery, but I have had dwarf plants before and they often don’t stay small. Perhaps I look after them too well? I didn’t know the plant and had to look it up – I am looking forward to seeing the flowers.

    • The poppies are only just beginning and should keep flowering for several months especially as there are new seedlings as well as established plants. Perovskia needs very dry free draining soil they it won’t flop (mine is usually over 1.2 m here but as it doesn’t rain in summer the plants usually stay upright. If you look back at posts for the slope last summer you’ll see it flowered for months and months!

  3. You are getting some nice warm temperatures. Sunshine is coming back to this area for several days too. The last photo of the poppy and muscari shows such rich color. Happy Spring Christina!

  4. Looking lovely and you have wonderful natural light there. I see you have some Iris on your slope, what do you grow? Its very windy today and we are due a frost tonight, with much cooler weather forecast next week. Hopefully there will not be too much damage to the early blossom.

    • The Iris on the slope are wild iris and will be flowering very soon. Those outside the gate are already flowering. In the rest of the garden I grow quite a few bearded iris. They love the soil and don’t need any irrigation, some of those will also be flowering very soon which seems very early.

  5. The blue/orange combo really does work.
    We are back to rain again today and cold, probably frost, by the weekend. I’ve just spent the last week moving things around, hope they’ll be OK.

  6. Christina, it is looking lovely and you have quite a bit in flower now, the orange of the poppies adds a zing to the softness of the other colours, I imagine with those higher temps and being behind glass your seeds would speed up their growth, I hope you had an enjoyable trip away, Frances

    • Thanks Frances, behind glass is almost too hot already, I put the shade netting up in the greenhouse in February! Barcelona was interesting and just a bit warmer than here!

  7. Love those photos with the blue and orange combination. We had a summer’s day today! Hardly a breeze, and over 20°C on the patio… The spring flower bed under our yew tree out the front is looking lovely, with daffodils, crocus and corydalis. We could do with some rain though.

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