End of March View 2016

IMG_9886IMG_9885IMG_9884 Even as I edit these photos, which I took just four days ago, I can see that spring growth has already progressed. The skimmia buds have now opened almost completely, the drumstick primulas have grown another inch, and the hyacinths have stuck their chests out like indignant body-builders. Despite today’s stormy skies and my having to scrape the car windscreen of frost yesterday morning, the garden is blundering onwards in happy spring-time oblivion, well nourished by the weeks of sunshine we had throughout late February and March.

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Spring is for colour, and this native primrose, a self-seeded gleaning from my grandmother’s garden, clashes joyfully with its vermilion neighbour, a winter heather that has doubled in size this past year. A lilac drumstick primula prepares to leap like a slow motion Jack-in-a-box from its crown, and nearby several of its divisions do the same.

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Spring is for bulbs, and hyacinths burst out through the gravel of their old wooden pot, while their diminutive cousins, grape hyacinths or muscari, stand proud of theirs.

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Spring is for scent, and a new Camellia ‘Silver Anniversary’, a Christmas present from my mother, competes with Skimmia Rubella for a prize in deliciousness.

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Spring is for new replacing old, and while the hellebore blooms begin to fade, seedlings and cuttings have started to grow up and will soon need pricking out, and potted dahlias wait in rows in the cold frame for warmer times to come.

End of Month View is hosted by Helen at The Patient Gardener. Do visit her page and see how spring is cracking on in other people’s gardens.

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  1. Looking wonderful, Joanna!

  2. Your garden is coming on leaps and bound Joanna. Such a lovely gift from your mum. Such a coincidence that all my Camellias are gifts from my mum too.
    You will be reaping the benefits from all the hard work you put in last year.

    • Thank you Angie. Camellias are relatively dear so they make excellent gifts, and mothers are very good people to go round garden centres with, especially just before Christmas and birthdays! You are right… when I compare the garden with photos from this time last year, the difference is amazing. Things are popping up here, there and everywhere. It’s a wonderful feeling. And of course I’m a year wiser too, which helps.

  3. What wonderful photographs of your flowers you have. I’m particularly impressed by the Skimmia as this is a plant that I don’t normally notice, yet you have made it look like one I better check out. The primrose and the heather look great together. Thanks for showing us your garden.

    • Thank you for your compliments! Skimmias are very low maintenance and as such are all too often associated with municipal gardening, alongside hebes, euonymous, mahonia, dogwoods, etc. In fact, as I type this I can see no fewer than three skimmias in the small hospital memorial garden that happens to be in front of me right now. But their ubiquity and ordinariness belies the lovely scent that wafts from those tiny white flowers, and their extremely useful festive properties that come so in handy when arranging pots at Christmas, which is what this one was originally for.

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