First Day of March Garden
I hate the cold most severely so I hardly go out into the garden until about now to survey the damage to plants I failed to protect and note the signs of new growth that give encouragement for the new gardening year. So I emerged from my cocoon today, grabbed my trusty S8100fs and looked for signs of Spring. Here's what I found, in no particular order, except possibly alphabetical.
Aucuba bush - 0ne of the first things planted 35 years ago - survives shade and drought and pushes out new growing tips in the Spring.
Buddleja - almost impossible to kill these (although I have managed it): it will need to be pruned back soon.
A low-growing Comfrey (Stickbone, among other names), good ground cover, early flowering and loved by bees, and adds quality to compost.
and a purple one. I have never succeeded in growing decent clumps of these but I love what I get.
Flowering Currant - way ahead of all my other shrubs in flowering.
Mini-daff and a clump of this little white flower whose name I will have to add later.
One of our dwarf hebes - has such colourful new leaves.
I have observed in other blogs that our garden gets very dry and has a lot of shade. These pretty Heucheras are very useful for these conditions and I look forward to them spreading out.
The mystifyingly named Ipheion - usually in clumps but they were spread about last Autumn. They show signs of insect activity - possibly ants or bees?
The very useful early flowering Lamium (dead nettle) an early provider for the bees and excellent ground cover. Pretty, too. There are several varieties with different leaf patterns.
Primroses in a tub....
...a close-up of another one.
Primula, also in a tub.
Ditto. I try to keep as many of these as possible over the summer by a side path to ease the expense of buying new each year.
Dwarf Privet - finely detailed leaves.
Common or garden Snowdrops. I haven't got any of the £700-a-corm ones!
Spiraea - shrub in a tub, as it doesn't like the garden soil at all. What a lovely delicate colour the new leaves are.
White Vinca (Periwinkle) - more normally seen as purple, I think, but I nicked some cuttings of this one spreading under a fence. Good ground cover.
Violas in a tub - slow to get started this year.
Added later - missed off: Pulmonaria (Lungwort) - pretty flowers over spotted leaves.
A corner of the conservatory - Geranium cuttings.
OK, not exactly a garden plant! But yesterday I saw a pair of these definitely showing signs of Spring! - either two males fighting or a female playing very hard to get.
Likewise these chaps/esses have been chasing each other round the proverbial mulberry bushes of late!
Lastly, and nothing whatever to do with spring but I'm chuffed with the photo and want to show it off - a Sparrow Hawk on my fence several days ago full of one of my starlings.
Thank you for getting this far. These little signs of a new growing season do manage to cast off the winter woes in my house - I hope they do in yours. Happy gardens!
Steve (not forgetting the Chief Designer, of course)
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