March 2017

March 2017

The second day of March brought some much welcome sunshine and we were out in the garden making the most of it, getting the weeding done and composting around the perennials and the biennials grown from seed last summer, Lysmachia; Aquilegia; Sweet William and Honesty;  and planted out in September last year. All are looking really well.  The Hellebores are always a welcome sight at this time of year and are looking really strong.

The biennials in the cutting patch looking healthy this spring March 2017

The biennials in the cutting patch looking healthy this spring March 2017

Our hardy annuals grown from seed planted last September did not fare as well. The Larkspur did not germinate at all (the second lot of seed to fail), the Bupleurum is still there but looking very delicate and none of the Calendula survived despite having a cloche over them. The Cornflowers, Nigella, Ammi Majus, and Poppies all survived and look really healthy. The very very hard frosts that we had towards the end of January, down to minus seven, followed by continuous very cold damp rainy days in February were possibly too hard for some of our hardy annuals. But hey ho, that’s gardening for you and we have lots of seeds planted which will be ready for planting out in a few months time. The Cornflowers, Calendula and Cosmos seeds planted on Saturday 25th February have germinated in just five days!

Hellebores are always a welcome sight at this time of year.

Hellebores are always a welcome sight at this time of year.

Strong and healthy Hellebores add colour to our Spring garden

Strong and healthy Hellebores add colour to our Spring garden

March has been a busy month; we have had trays of seedlings on window sills all over the house and on the porch, both flower seeds and vegetables competing for space. As far as the weather goes we have had pretty much everything, wind and rain, sleet, snow and hail and last weekend, the last weekend of the month, finally glorious sunshine in time for the clocks to go forward and give us that extra hour of evening light.

Lovely Wallflowers brighten up the garden

Lovely Wallflowers brighten up the garden

The garden has lots of colour now with daffodils, tulips and wallflowers all in bloom.

Beautiful red tulips bring a welcome splash of colour

Beautiful red tulips bring a welcome splash of colour

The bees and butterflies are out and about, our cherry tree is about to blossom, our little resident wren is nest building, Spring has most definitely sprung.

The butterflies love the Wallflowers

The butterflies love the Wallflowers

Spring is a good time for moving or splitting perennial plants and we have been busy moving some of the Lysimachia and Aquilegia from the cutting patch where we had too many and into the garden herbaceous border where we had gaps after the winter. We have already potted on the Cornflowers, Calendula, Blue Tansy and the Poppy ‘Golden West’ and ‘Paeony Black’.  It won’t be long now until we will be potting the rest of the seedlings and planting out the sweet peas.

Seedlings ready for potting on.

Seedlings ready for potting on.