Early spring in the garden (March EOMV)

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A lovely climbing rose (‘The Generous Gardener’) is sitting on the wall waiting to be planted. Soon, the raised beds and the sloping bed will be full of tulips and Narcissus ‘Actaea’, my favourite daffodil but they won’t be out in time for the village Spring Show next weekend, sadly.

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New growth on the lavender hedge.
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More tulips on the way…
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The recent very cold weather has caused quite a bit of damage – plants that have survived through a couple of mild winters have finally keeled over (geraniums and osteospermums particularly). I’m hoping that if I give the frost-damaged Erigeron on the steps and the top of the wall (top right of pic) a good haircut, they’ll bounce back.
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You see all those green shoots? Bluebells. Oh yes!
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More daffodils coming in the wildflower area.
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Daffodils by the pond.
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The structure from our grasses is starting to take shape. I’ll cut back the Miscanthus soon to allow the new growth to shoot up. You can’t see them but there are thin white birches dotted along that line of tall grasses. One day they’ll look mighty fine.

Clockwise from top left above – snowdrops dripping with seedpods, foxgloves, miniature daffs and muscari in a pot, rosemary flowers.

Frogspawn in the pond (which is rather full of leaves and needs clearing out but we’ll wait until the tadpoles have grown) and a huge bumble bee sunning itself.

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Aubrieta looking lovely at the bottom of the garden.

At almost the end of March, I’m joining in slightly early with Helen, The Patient Gardener for the end of month view (EOMV). These photos were taken yesterday morning when it was absolutely, perfectly spring-like. (Not so today!) There is a load of work to do in the garden – clearing, pruning, mulching – but the plants are getting on with their thing without our help. There is a definite change from the end of last month with plenty of new growth and buds everywhere, and welcome colour – yellow daffs and primroses, blue muscari, purple aubrieta, pink and blue pulmonaria, greens in many shades. It’s the time of year when there’s something new and exciting to see almost every day.

I still haven’t sown any seeds this year but I’m sure I’ll spring into action (boom, boom) soon. There’s a load of seed packets to sort through before I buy any more. After a few years of clearing the garden and rebuilding walls, there’s little major landscaping to do now but there is still structure to think about. We live in a Conservation Area and we’ve had to apply for planning permission to chop down a huge and antisocial sycamore at the bottom of the garden and to do some reshaping on a few other trees. We heard earlier in the week that permission has been granted (hurrah), so we’ll get onto that as soon as possible. Then we’re going to look at year-round interest and what we can see from the house. Because of where we are and the fact we’re on a slope the views from the windows at the front of the house are all about the sea – we can’t actually see much of the garden but what we can see needs rethinking. I have plans…

How’s your Easter so far? Don’t you just love a Friday that feels like a Saturday? And then you wake up the next day and it IS Saturday, which feels like a bonus day, then Easter Sunday with added chocolate, and THEN you have a Bank Holiday Monday. I think Easter is possibly my favourite ‘holiday’ – there isn’t the huge build-up and pressure and tradition that there is with Christmas; it’s a much more relaxed affair. Aside from making sure you’ve got the Easter egg situation covered, you can sort of skid to a halt on Thursday evening and, bam, there you are – four whole days of holiday stretching out before you. Bliss. Even the weather, which is completely pants, hasn’t dampened our spirits. David and I had intended to spend a good while in the garden today but it’s been raining almost non-stop and we’re both pretty exhausted, so we watched a film instead. In the afternoon –how decadent! (‘Hampstead’; not bad; a massively Hollywood-ised version of London but it pleasantly filled a couple of hours.)

We have no specific plans for tomorrow other than to get outside to do some gardening if it’s not too wet. My brother and his family are visiting on Sunday and my parents will come over. My niece is still of the age where Easter-egg-hunts are totally acceptable, and my nephew (who’s 12) and my three cool teenagers secretly love the fact that there will be one. Everyone loves a treasure-hunt, don’t they?

Whatever you’re up to this Easter weekend, I hope you have a lovely time.

14 thoughts on “Early spring in the garden (March EOMV)

  1. It’s great when the garden starts to take shape. As you say just waiting for plants to mature. Love your aubretia. I’m never very good at growing them, always seem to fizzle out. I miss the egg hunts of days gone by. Usually just a bowl full of mini eggs to enjoy these days. Roll on grandchildren lol! Have a lovely holiday. B x

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  2. Lovely early color, and the promise of so much more! Judy grew up Lutheran and I’m Jewish, so we observe both traditions in a very relaxed way. Judy makes Easter baskets for the kids, and we have some kind of Passover Seder. Tonight we are going to a Seder hosted by our older son and his fiancee (the first of many, we hope – Seders, not fiancees).

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  3. The garden looks good, the weather doesn’t help in getting on just now but better weather to come Joy x

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  4. No-one too old for a treasure hunt here either. Well, not one with a chance of chocolate at the end of it anyway. Lovely to see the promise of spring in the garden. I haven’t sown a single seed either, just not feeling it this year. Wishing you and yours a lovely Easter. CJ xx

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  5. It all looks good Sam, with plenty of daffodils to keep you going until the real colour arrives. Hope you get some gardening weather again over the holidays!

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  6. I’m encouraged to see your lavender hedge, I’m just about to plant one. Bit of a risk with all our rain but I got the plants cheap and yet they still look healthy. Worth a try. I shall end up doing most of my seed sowing again. The first lot got clobbered by the Beast. So it’s probably just as well you haven’t started yet!

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  7. Lovely to see lots of views of your garden, Sam. I find this a very exciting time of year, always something new popping up and it will all look very different in another month’s time. As I live relatively near Hampstead, it was a film I wanted to watch – as you can imagine the area was shrunk somewhat to fit the script. It was entertaining to see how many locations I could identify though – and a nice feel good movie for a rainy day. I’m going to start sowing in the next couple of weeks; I’ve only done broad beans and sweet peas a while ago but now have a new paper pot maker!

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  8. Thanks for the lovely trip through your garden! I, too, must sort through seed packets and am determined to do so before purchasing more…we’ll see if I can resist the temptation… Cheers, Ben

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