End of the Month View – March 2017

It is now the end of March and we are half way through Spring. Th snowdrops have faded but other spring delights are following.17_03_29_5132Here is my classic End of the Month View (January, October, September, August) Last January the beds looked empty. Now they are full of leaves with lots of tulips and alliums pushing up. Mostly it looks very green but on the right we can see some early tulips adding some colour. 17_03_29_5143Looking across the centre bed we can see more tulips putting on a great display. (Before you ask, these have been in for over 10 years and I have lost the reference to there name). At the back you can see a blue carpet under the rose bushes.17_03_24_5131The Anemone Blanda Atrocoerulea were planted last spring with the idea that they would provide interest under the roses at a time when rose bushes are very boring. 17_03_23_5115This is proving very successful. The leaves die back very quickly after flowering and can then be tidied up if required. Over time these will eventually grow to form a complete carpet of blue.17_03_29_5134The bed to the left of the lawn is full to bursting with tulips and alliums and should look fantastic in a few weeks time. (Actually a gardening group will be visiting then) 17_03_29_5135However, looking at it I think we need to give some more thought to structure and colour at this time of year.17_03_29_5136To the right of the pond there is a similar mass of tulips and alliums. At the back the Delphinium Black KnightClematis Jackmanii, and Clematis Viola are all making good growth.17_03_29_5138To the right of the pond Tulip Apricot Impression is opening up. 17_03_29_5139Tulip Apricot Impression in all its glory. A very nice reasonable priced tulip.

At the back left of the bed you can see some plastic which covers Peach Terrace Amber Dwarf. This is to protect the peach from peach leaf curl.17_03_24_5130Under the plastic the peach is already in flower.17_03_29_5140Further round the bed on the right the Crown imperial fritillary is also flowering.

17_03_29_5145Elsewhere in the garden the plum Prunus Jubilee is flowering so far avoiding any frost damage.17_03_29_5146

Just how nice can spring get!

Gardening Hours
This week Total since June 19th Average per week
28 649 16

This week we spent considerable time in the garden. What were we doing?17_03_23_5112For example here is our strawberry bed which is down wind from a big sycamore tree. You can see that this is covered with small seedlings from the tree.  It takes time to remove them by hand. Just one of the jobs to be done.

Do have a look at Helen The Patient Gardener’s blog where you fill find links to other gardens at the end of March. Thank you to Helen for hosting this meme.

also Sarah at Down By The Sea for Through The Garden Gate (here).

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24 thoughts on “End of the Month View – March 2017

  1. Thank you Christina. Unfortunately that wall is a little bit too small for that tree even with a dwarf root stock. nevertheless it looks great when the blossom comes out.

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  2. Apricot Impression is stunning, especially with its warm brick backdrop. Love the Anemone under the roses. In my previous garden, which had glorious sun as well as shade, I grew Nepeta (catmint) with the roses. We have such a long growing season here, I could cut the perennial back twice and enjoy three rounds of beautiful blue spikes.

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  3. The joy of gardening is that you can always have another idea on how to do things differently. The anemone blanda looks lovely under the roses. I can’t wait to see your allium and tulip border when it comes into flower. Thank you for joining me this month Through the Garden Gate. Sarah x

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  4. Sycamore seedlings are a right pain. Even worse if they are left to take hold. The previous owner was in his late eighties when he left here and understandably gardening effort (especially on this slope) had dwindled over time. The legacy is many sycamore saplings which are now too big to winch out without bringing the bank down. I cut them down to the ground but they always return. There may be a case for breaking my self imposed rules and resorting to stump killer.

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    • Thanks Diana, it works well and is very easy. The wall was built in 1704 and is double skinned so it can be heated to protect the fuit that would have been grown against it when it was a walled garden.

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  5. WHAT A LOVELY SSHELTERED GAREN SOILD LOOKS GREAT FROM HERE. pring hass sprung in England! Autumn here now summer ahas left us ut still 21 degrees cel toay here inAudklan an humid. May have lots of rain later in week as ylone from Australiea might be heading this way. Wont be as bad as aoZ ut pobably rain. ddont need it as ahe ha a lot over the last 2 months.

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  6. Thank you for the journey around your beautiful garden at the end of March. I’ve been pulling up sycamore seedlings all over the place and I’m sure there are more this year than before. The apricot tulips look fabulous in amongst all the green

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