|Looking West - End of March 2015|
after a hail storm
Kindly posing for a few snaps are some of the now regular visitors to the front garden. Thankfully, the squabbling starlings and sparrows tend to stay round the back and these little ones get their fill in peace!
|Greenfinch, Great Tit, Goldfinch and Blue Tits|
Most of the perennials are now raring to go and whilst it's been difficult not to focus on the lack of blooms throughout February and March, there is little I can do about that now. It will be remedied come autumn and I will introduce some Hellebores and yet more early bulbs.
Looking back toward the house, the bearded Iris, which are dotted around, came from round the back where they struggled for years, rarely blooming. They seem to be enjoying the better drainage round here. Many I have never seen flower as they were brought along from my brother's house when he moved in there 3 years ago. It will be interesting too see just what turns up and whether or not they will be worth keeping. Other Iris that should hopefully make a good show this year are the Juno Iris I previously grew in containers and the Dutch Iris Bronze Beauty that were planted last autumn.
|End of Month View March 2015|
towards the house
Mixed behaviour from the roses, some are really going strong, whilst others are still tight in bud. Those that are tight in bud are the ones that chose to flower very late in the year. I have no idea if this is the norm or just a coincidence. Any ideas?
Apart from the Roses (which had time to settle in all summer) and one or two others, I am seeing how all these plants will look together for the first time this year. Last year's End of Month View was one where I chose to fill the border as the seasons progressed, which to be honest is my usual method of gardening, I am very poor at planning. Doing things this way is a whole new ball game for me and I am filled with both excitement and apprehension on how it will look come summer time.
The End of Month View meme hosted by Helen over at The Patient Gardner's Weblog is an extremely useful one. It helps to give me focus, it gives me something to work towards and also provides a means to get my thoughts down without the need for hand written notes. A reference to look back on and to compare successes and failures, what works and what doesn't. I can thoroughly recommend taking part. If you haven't already done so that is.
Just as I was about to come indoors, I spotted this wee beauty getting ready to bloom. Primula Elizabeth Killelay is one of my favourites. I've had it quite a few years now and last year was recovering in a pot after being divided to give away to a few friends. She seems delighted to get her feet back in the ground and has put on quite a bit of growth. She should, all things going well, look great come bloom day on the 15th of the month.
|Primula Elizabeth Killelay|
just coming into bloom