Monday, 15 April 2013

Is April the new March?

It's been a long winter and I'm sure I'm not the only one who is now sick fed up of it!  Is there any one out there who disagrees?  I yearn to spend days out in the garden without the need of a thick fleece.  Despite the rise in temperatures the last couple of days - strong winds remain, only their direction and speed have changed.  They are now gusting quite a bit!  I just want a bit of heat on my back!  Is it too much to ask?
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!

Crocus Collage

Suffering after a heavy shower this morning.  Crocus vernus Jeanne D'arc are collapsing before my very eyes this afternoon!

Crocus Jeanne D'arc 
This group of pot grown Crocus are destined to be planted in one of the borders this year - flowering a good 3 or 4 weeks later than last year!



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!

Rhododendron Shamrock
March flowerer? Not this year!
Who knew?  Who could have predicted?  Who would have expected......

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
Good old reliable Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' is not doing it's March thing yet!  The tiniest of flower buds are just now appearing!  In all the years I've had this plant this has been the first year it has died back completely!
Frost bitten foliage!

Primula denticulata (drumstick Primulas) are usually swaying away in the March beeze - instead they are just beginning to reach skyward and  will now be battered by the April gales!  

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
This blog is part of a series hosted by Carol over at May Dream Gardens.  If you would like to join in or take a look at what is flowering in all corners of the globe - please do pop over there are lots of great blogs to read. 

56 comments:

  1. Hi Angie, you have some lovely early spring flowers - in April :-) Looks very much like my garden, although my camellia started flowering this week, only 8 weeks later than last year, which was a rather normal spring in my garden.
    I hope we can get some really warm weather in May so we can catch up a bit, at this rate I won't have any roses or lilies until August!
    Enjoy the sunshine, while it lasts, happy GBBD!

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    1. Helene - 8 weeks is a long time. It will be interesting to see when mine flower!
      I hope in May the gardens play catch up!

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  2. Look on the bright side...you have a lot to look forward to that would normally be exhausted by now.

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    1. You are, of course, right on both counts Ricki ;)

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  3. Very pretty. We had daffodils around Easter. Then a cold front came and took the away. This past week plants have made a huge come back a little farther south than you.

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    1. Erin - I think this week has made a heck of a difference even up here. Before we know it we will be wondering why we were making all the fuss!

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  4. You have lots of spring bulbs all flowering together, they must look amazing! Your rhododendron is just suffering from the cold, it does look rather nice though, and yes, St Patrick's day is March 17th, so a little late as you say. We have lots of pulmonaria out now but the bees are still in short supply unfortunately. Hopefully we will now get a bit warmer each day!

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    1. Pauline, yes it's nice to see all the bulbs together for a change! Thanks for the feed back re the Rhoddie - I thought at first it was suffering from the cold but as last winter was very warm (for Scotland) I had ruled that out. We shall see what happens in the future with it.
      I've seen a couple of bees since writing so I'm very pleased!

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  5. Pretty blooms. Love the foliage color of that Rhododendrun. Can't grow them here with my soil ph but I sure love them.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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    1. Cher, not being able to grow things is frustrating but it doesn't stop us admiring and wishing, does it? ;)

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  6. U nas jeszcze mniej kwiatków kwitnie. Najważnijsze jednak, że You have fewer flowers blooms. Most importantly, the spring came, and will become more colorful. Yours.przyszła wiosna i będzie coraz bardziej kolorowo. Pozdrawiam.

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    1. Giga, yes the spring has came. We have to be thankful for that and the garden is improving every day now! Thank you for visiting

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  7. So glad you made it across to my Texas garden. Despite your terrible winter your garden looks to me like a perfect spring garden. I miss all those pretties from growing up on the west coast of northern England and from years spent in Montreal. It was such a joy to see those first blooms peaking through the snow. Hellebores...I wish. And all those acid loving plants. Hope your spring bucks up and you have a wonderful summer ahead. Happy Bloom Day from this Lancashire lass!

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    1. I'm glad I made it over Rose. Your garden is gorgeous! Whilst you must miss some of the plants we grow over here, you grow some lovelies we can only dream off! Thank you for returning my visit :)

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  8. Yep, April is definitely the new March, crazy isn't it. We're a little ahead of you, but not by much, and crocuses are still one of my stand-out plants. Happy GBBD, lets hope everything catches up with itself by next GBBD!

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    1. Glad you agree Janet! I'm sure it will all have caught up. I don't know about your garden but mine is coming on leaps and bounds!

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  9. My garden is much like last year's March, too; but last year wasn't a typical year, so I'm not surprised by the lack of blooms in my April garden. Love those primulas!

    Thanks for visiting me--it's always fun to meet someone new from across the pond!

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    1. Rose, you are welcome, I enjoyed my visit over! Yes, it certainly wasn't typical, was it! Those primulas are one of my favourite too!

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  10. We're at exactly at the same point in regards to Spring Angie. I'll need to check on my Brunera as it's in the part of the garden I didn't even include for GBBD and it disappeared over the winter too. Despite the awful wind today - at least it wasn't a cold one :)

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    1. Rosie - the wind is a nightmare just now isn't it. I hope your Brunnera flowers soon. I always forget something on GBBD!

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  11. It is the first year I have had crocus in my garden. I must say they cheered me up no end.

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    1. Only the second year for mine and like you they have cheered me up. Good garden value in these little bulbs. I hope yours soon bulk up for you.

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  12. Your garden has lots of lovely blooms despite the cold spring we're having... I just love that rhodo! I'd keep him even if he never bloomed - the buds look so cool!

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    1. Spruge - it's a beauty when in flower too! I will post a picture of the flowers when they open. You will like it even more!

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  13. Considering the weather you've got quite a lot of flowers. Love the Hellebores, would never tire of them.

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    1. Bridget, ordinarily I wouldn't be tired of the Hellebores - I'm just getting to impatient for everything else!

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  14. You have fantastic blooms in your garden. Wow! hats off to you. I especially like your helebores and the pot behind the back door. Sorry to disappoint you but I think it's us who are not listening to mother nature :-(. She is still trying her best to fix our problems. Pray that it never happens but if the gulf stream stops the whole of UK will be under several miles of snow. And the gulf stream is getting affected from time to time.

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    1. KL - the effects of climate change is being felt around the globe, that's for sure! I do my best as an individual to give her a helping hand :)
      Please you like my hellebores!

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  15. Like you, I am saved by the crocuses right at the moment. This year, April is the new March. Last year, March was the new May, but April was the new February. I wish the months would just proceed in the normal order.

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    1. Jason, me too!! We need a trip back to normality!

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  16. OK...I've sent a memo direct to Mother Nature expressing your concerns. If you could just be patient a tad longer I'm sure she'll write back. Meanwhile, I shall waft some southern warmth your way tomorrow. We've not had much I'm happy to share. :-)

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    1. Thanks for doing that for me Jane. I see it worked. Things have improved drastically this last few days!

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  17. Let's hope that it's just a one off Angie . I can just about remember the last coldest March of 1962 but was not interested in gardening then :) Here I've been looking for perennials to come through to divide them for our garden club plant sale next month. Some like the astrantias are only just breaking through the ground now as opposed to their usual February appearance. Crocus Jeanne D' Arc has now gone on the wish list!

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    1. Anna, my astrantia started well then came to a complete standstill. She's a lovely Crocus. Well worth adding to your garden

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  18. I was just thinking the same thing...it feels like March as the flowers that are showing would show in mid to late March...Happy April Bloom Day and hopefully the blooms will keep coming.

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  19. Despite the weather, you have a nice assortment of flowers for Bloom Day. We are even further behind here. I have a few snowdrops and crocus and that is just about it. I am with you. Bring on spring!

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    1. Jennifer..... I hope your spring comes along pretty soon.

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  20. I agree, this April has been more like March. And to top it off, we are having March winds, and no April showers! My hellebores are still blooming their sweet little heads off, too. I just didn't think it appropriate to post more pictures of them - not from a garden in Texas! But I agree, they deserve the plant-of-the-year award! Love your crocus and your anemone. But, wow - I was really intrigued by the rhododendron Shamrock! Such pretty leaves!

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    1. Yes Holley its definitely March weather here too! I do agree that we've all had enough Hellebore pictures this year!
      Rhododendron Shamrock is a little beauty. Wait til you see the flowers!

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  21. Ah yes, Angie, I do see many similar blooms with you and I’ve a few rhododendrons with tight buds too. I’d take a guess that (like me) you’ve had a few small breaks in the weather to get a few hours in your garden as I have had. Just short spells to weed, prune, tidy-up and rekindle your love of gardening. Happy GBBD and Happy Gardening in 2013 :-)

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    1. Shirley, you hit the nail on the head. Short spells to get jobs done. It's nice to get out there again. Onwards from here me thinks!

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  22. Hi Angie, I hope October is going to be the new September. Very interesting is your Rhododendron Shamrock with the leaves which have turned red. It certainly still looks healthy, a google search showed someone else enquiring about the very same with issue shamrock. Jetfire has been one of our favourite Daffs for a few years, the trumpets start off yellow and then turn orange.

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    1. Alistair. That was probably a posting on a forum by me. I asked one a few last year but ended up with no definitive answer!
      Yes, JetFire trumpets now turning orange thanks for that.

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  23. Things are slowly starting to catch up here, but you're right, April is the new March. I have photos of so many things blooming last March that are still only shoots now.

    You still have lots going on in your garden though Angie, those primulas are gorgeous and the snowdrops are so pretty.

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    1. Paula. It has well and truly caught up this week. I'm rather fond of Primula :)

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  24. Hi Angie,

    Lovely photos and look at all those Hellebores! Serious Hellebore envy right here; I was supposed to have lots this year too, only the snow killed off three of them so blooms are few this year :(

    Also nice to see you also have Rip Van Winkle, I'm not generally someone for frilly plants (exception being roses) but I really like these and must plant more.

    Things are looking good in your garden now and will no doubt continue to look amazing now spring has finally arrived :)

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    1. Liz sorry to read about your Hellebores. I'd be gutted! I'm not a fan frillies either, peony and camellias excepted! Rip van Winkle is a wee cracker though!

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  25. I had to smile at your comments on hellebores - I could easily photograph mine every day as they excite me so much! The Jeanne D'Arc look SO white and virginal, but I can see how the weather would soon knock them about. It's interesting to see the variation in flowering times between us in the Midlands and you up in Auld Reekie - and none of it is normal for this time of year anyway!!

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    1. Quite a bit of difference although the glorious sunshine this afternoon has brought my little tulips on big time!
      Yes, 2013 - the abnormal winter!!

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  26. How wistful you sound :-)
    I guess Scotland is indeed even later than the Netherlands. I feel nature is catching up quickly now here.
    By the way I bought pink anemone blanda's last year but they turn out blueish purple here. Maybe it has something to do with the soil?

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    1. Linda - yes, nature is catching up very quickly, as few sunny days have really brought the shrubs on. Mother Nature has her skates on!
      I tried blue ones last year - they didn't come back. I won't be disappointed if these don't either. I don't particularly like the colour!

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  27. Hi Angie, such pretty flowers you have in your garden, over this neck of the woods, things are fast forward, over the last few years or so, plants are doing their thing about a month earlier than they should.

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  28. Bellissime immagini! Sono d'accordo con te, tutto è ritardato di un mese. Peccato perché poi le fioriture durano meno e si accavallano con le altre di questo periodo... ultimamente della primavera è rimasto ben poco.

    Un saluto!!

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  29. Enjoyed the romp around you garden. Loved the interplay of deep burgundy hellebores paired with white just looking like something I'd see in a catalog. Rip Van Winkle has always be a fav.

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  30. I can't believe you still have snow drops at the end of April! I know you're a long way north but that is crazy. Hope you get the warm sun on your back soon. Christina

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