Is there anyone out there with the capabilities of getting through to Mother Nature - she's just not listening to me!
Buds on the Camellias and the Magnolia are just beginning to fatten up, exactly as I would be expecting back in March! The deciduous shrubs have the minutest of buds, stuck in the limbo of a seemingly extended March! The lawns remain untouched, they would have usually had their first cut some time in March! Therefore I declare that April is the new March!
Here's some photographic evidence:
The extended winter has meant that the Hellebores are still looking good - all things considered the Hellebores have certainly been the stand out plant this winter! That said - this will be the last Hellebore picture I intend to post in 2013!
|A selection of blooms from Oriental Hellebores|
My garden really would have been a rather dull place had it not been for the blossoming Crocus bulbs - a good 3 or 4 weeks later than last year!
Suffering after a heavy shower this morning. Crocus vernus Jeanne D'arc are collapsing before my very eyes this afternoon!
|Crocus Jeanne D'arc|
Rhododendron Shamrock - so called as it flowers around St. Patrick's Day - that's March right? It usually flowers in my garden nearer the end of March - still tight in bud mid April! Some of the foliage changed colour winter 2011 and has thus far refused to revert back to green. If I'm honest - I prefer it reddish!
March flowerer? Not this year!
Snowdrops to look this good mid April! Not me, that's for sure!
|Snowdrops April 2013|
Pulmonaria should be in full flower by mid/end March - providing much needed nourishment for bees! This is the only one flowering at the moment - the Blue and White are miles behind, we might be luck if we see a flower this side of May!
|unnamed pink Pulmonaria|
|Frost bitten foliage!|
|Primula denticulata 'Cashmerian'|
Beneath the Enkianthus
|Primula denticulata var. Alba|
just getting started!
The early flowering Corydalis are usually just about dormant come April - not this month! Still looking March like!
|Cordydalis malkensis, Crocus and a rogue Squil April 2013|
Skimmia, Viburnum and Mahoberberis are still in bud and as for the Mahonia - I've given up wishing it to flower this year! Fritillaria, Chionodoxa and Scilla are just about there!
So there you have it, the case for 'April is the new March!' - how far behind is your garden?
Of course, there are other things flowering. This next selection are all first time bloomers in the garden this year.
|Narcissus Rip van Winkle|
|Narcissus Jetfire - I thought the trumpet was supposed to be orange?|
|Anemone blanda Pink....Pink??|
|Muscar latifolium Blue Angels|
in a container by the back door