Last week I mentioned that I expected the Mimosa to be opening its flowers for this week’s vase. They are nearly there but the continuing cold weather means that I will have to wait for a few more days at least. Until yesterday I was unsure of what I would find for my vase to join with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden‘s Monday challenge to find flowers from our own gardens to cut and enjoy in our homes Continue reading
In the last week I’ve seen many trees in blossom including, amazingly, some Magnolia, even for central Italy the beginning of March is very early. But these were in gardens so I wasn’t able to pick any of them for today’s vase. Continue reading
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.
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.
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.
Thank you Carol at MayDreams for hosting GBBD; visit to see what gardeners around the world have flowering in March. Happy GBBD to everyone.