Not in the sense that we have spring weather, no, it is cold, it is wet and the winds have been gale force; there has been some sun but mostly March has definitely come in like a lion…..
But despite this, blooms have opened, some bulbs are already finished, Crocus have been shredded by the whipping wind and Iris reticulate, although lasting longer than other years are now putting on foliage rather than flowering.
The best blooms are still the Anemone sylphide, close to them the other bulbs I chose for their similar fuchsia pink colour are showing their buds. Hyacinth Miss Saigon, another bulb I’ve never grown before will be open in a few days and Barcelona, Persian Pearl or Antraciet Tulips are showing colour in their buds. I don’t know which tulip this is because I planted all three here hoping for a continuation of intense colour, I’ll know when it is fully open I hope.
Anemone Sylphide, no apologies for showing these again!
Hyacinth Miss Saigon
Barcelona, Persian Pearl or Antraciet Tulip?
The plum is now flowering with the promise of small sweet yellow plums later in summer.
The rest of the blooms are those you would expect in March with one exception, Rosa rimossa on the south-facing pillars has two flowers, one has already been almost destroyed by wind by the other is more tucked away so will hopefully bloom for a little longer.
Rosa rimosa three days ago
and now after the wind
R. rimosa, another bud opening
Ceanothus repans continues to flower out of its usual late spring season, the plant is dying back in the middle and I fear it will die, they are capricious shrubs that often die for no apparent reason, I will replace it if it does die, I am trying cuttings but they are slow to put down roots.
Cerinthe is late flowering this year but there are masses of self-seeded plants in the large island making quite a statement.
Cerinthe’s purple bell flowers
Viburnum tinus still not fully open, it really is a short season here
Periwinkle grows in the hedges
Violas have been flowering all winter in large pots which will some be displaying tulips
- Euphorbia rigida is still putting on a great show
Euphorbia mysernites is adding colour around the garden
A few Verbena are flowering in sunny spots
Prostrate Rosemary is doing a great job of forming a strean of blue on the slope
There’s lots more flowers to come.
Lonicera fragrantissima is at its best now, sweetly perfuming the air by the drive
Teucrium is reliable for flowering all winter
Clumps of Muscari are beginning to bloom
Where-as Eleagnus is coming to an end
Osteospmum also have a few blooms
Thank you Carol at MayDreams for hosting GBBD; visit to see what gardeners around the world have flowering in March. Happy GBBD to everyone.