March in My Hesperides Garden – in like a lion

And it looks like it is OUT like a lion too!!  The end of February we had snow and freezing winds that did quite a lot of damage to the garden including burning the leaves of the olives which have lost more leaves than I’ve ever seen happen before, I don’t know if this will effect the crop for this year but certainly the trees will be weakened by the lack of leaves. The buds on the wisteria were just beginning to swell but the wind and minus 8°C temperatures have burnt them you so that although there may be some later flowers, I won’t have the wonderful display of previous years. But not everything is doom and despair in the garden this month.

Euphorbia rigida and E. myrsinites are the plants creating the most impact this month

Last spring I rescued scores of Euphorbia seedlings from the gravel and potted them into modules; this week I have begun planting them out onto the slope which I think will look great with masses of lime next year.

Tulip Mount Tacoma, Muscari and Euphorbia making a nice combination

I thought tulips Mount Tacoma was early this year because of the cold weather in November but they flowered at the same time last year although it could be that they were chilled before planting them.

More Euphorbia and Muscari

Hyacinths have looked great all month, even when they are beginning to fade they still look great from the windows

I’m going to order more Hyacinths for planting this autumn; they have done sterling work in giving early colour to the garden.

Anemone coronaria are seeding themselves in the woodland walk

Narcissus Thalia in the cut flower Secret Garden, summer irrigation in these beds means that the Narcissus are thriving

Star of Bethlehem

Looks like tulip virus has made the colours of this tulips split and flame – how much am I bid?

Clematis armandii against a very blue sky

Magnolia stellata buds were also burnt by the wind, only a couple of flowers that were obviously more tightly closed when the cold weather arrived have flowered

Viburnum burkwoodii wasn’t touched by the cold; the buds were tightly closed a month ago and now are fully open.

Viburnum carlesii which has an even better perfume than the divine burkwoodii and has dark pink buds has also opened today.

I’m linking to The Blooming Garden where Chloris shares her favourite ten plants of the month; do visit if you haven’t read it yet; she has a wonderful prose style that never fails to entertain!

I hope your Easter brings you better gardening weather than we’ve been promised here!  Good Gardening


44 thoughts on “March in My Hesperides Garden – in like a lion

  1. I really loved looking at your garden, Christina. I love the euphorbia and tulips. That is a lovely unique broken tulip you have! And I love your anemones!

    • Spring is the most colourful time here in central Italy; winter can be bleak and mid-summer is too hot for most plants to flower without huge amounts of irrigation which I’m not prepared to give. So I like to indulge in lots of bulbs that are happy to be baked in summer.

  2. Christina your photos are magnificent. I feel the ravages of the icy wind in your garden. If the olive tree has not yet flowered, I do not think that this year’s crop will be affected. The Wisteria is a shame. I do not understand anything. But what if you pruned everything burned by the cold? Total, you will have to remove it and the same with the good weather it throws more flower. The Tulips of Mount Tacoma with the Muscari and the Euphorbia is a truly beautiful sight; like the Muscari and the Euphorbia. I love it. Anemone coronary with its different colors is wonderful. The Thalia Daffodils I like a lot. The Star of Bethlehem is divine. What a pity of the Magnolia stellata: its white flower is beautiful. The Viburnun have survived and both have blossomed today: with how beautiful they are and the perfume they have. I’m glad. Christina you have a happy Easter weekend with good weather and you can enjoy your wonderful garden. Thanks for teaching it. Take care. Greetings from Margarita.

    • It is raining now Margarita and will rain all day tomorrow but Monday should be a sunny day, I hope so as friends are coming and they will want to see the garden. A very Happy Easter to you.

      • Christina here is going to start raining tonight and it’s not going to stop all weekend in Madrid. In the north it’s going to snow and right now it’s cold with a lot of wind that comes icy. I hope to go to the country house in two or three weeks at the most, if my Father is cured of a condition of the bronchi: otherwise we will be here in Madrid until he is in good health. I hope you have good weather after the rain! Have a great time with your friends in the garden. Happy Easter. Greetings from Margarita.

  3. Thank you for joining in Christina with your lovely March blooms and thank you for your kind words. I love the euphorbia with the muscari and grasses, in fact I might copy the idea. I remember admiring your anemones in previous years. Despite your cold weather you are ahead of us with N. Thalia, tulips, magnolia and the gorgeous viburnum. Lovely blooms to enjoy . Happy Easter to you both.

  4. Thank you for the lovely spring bulbs! And I am wondering if I can grow that Euphorbia here! Lime green is my favorite, the little black dress of the garden, goes with everything. Happy Easter.

  5. Your garden looks lovely in spite of all the miserable weather you’ve had this month, Christina. The blue Muscar1 with the chartreuse Euphorbia is picture postcard perfect and the shot including the white tulips puts that combination over the top. Happy Easter!

  6. Happy Easter Christina, I hope the weather warms and gives you a wonderfully calm and sunny week. Not too warm of course!
    I always love seeing the anemones, the colors are so vibrant and of course they’re not hardy here so I crave them even more.

  7. We had another blizzard yesterday, I spoke too soon! March 2018 will go down as a very strange month indeed. N. Thalia are just starting to open here, they are about 3 weeks late this year. Love your combination of euphorbia, muscari and grasses, the colours look so good together.
    I’m hoping that our rain for the next few days stays as rain and doesn’t change to more snow.
    Happy Easter Christina.

  8. It was a pretty miserable March here in London. I like your white tulips and daffodils. It’s a wet Easter here so no plotting for me just armchair gardening. xx

  9. Your garden is looking lovely Christina. I especially like the muscari and euphorbia together, but the tulips are gorgeous also.

  10. Happy Easter, Christina! I love the Muscari and Euphorbia combination. I almost have the very same combo in my own garden. The Muscari is just around the corner from the Euphorbia. I just need to move or add some Muscari so they will be more closely associated with the Euphorbia. I will definitely do this; thanks for the inspiration! The Euphorbia was a passalong plant. It took a few years to get going, but this year it is thriving and blooming.

    • Hopefully it will seed around for you. I started with one plant of E. rigida and I grew mirsynites from purchased seed, now I have as many seedlings as I need every year.

  11. Sorry to hear about more frost damage, Christina. Let’s hope the cold has brought some positives too (fewer pests, perhaps?). It’s always good to see your array of spring flowers and interesting that your anemones are seeding themseves – I wonder if any will cross pollinate? From all the comments it is clear you have an inspired combination with the muscari and euphorbia! Well done 😀

  12. I love seeing your Euphorbia – such a fresh colour that contrasts so well with spring flowers. It’s grey today, but we should be getting a real taste of spring this coming week! 🙂

  13. That muscari and euphorbia combo is just perfect. The effects of our cold March are now beginning to make themselves felt. Verbena bonariensis now seems very dead but I won’t pull it out yet, just in case. And the cistus I initially thought had survived is looking very sad.

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