I don’t know about you, but I have still not worked out exactly when Spring begins here in the northern hemisphere. Is it on 1 March, or at the vernal equinox on 21 March? Is it when the first daffodils appear, or when Gardener’s World is back on our screens? A week ago, we were all proclaiming that Spring was well and truly here, but now we are back to a mix of sunshine and grey skies and that biting March wind. I think I will settle for calling it Early Spring.
It is my birthday today and I am celebrating by joining in with The Propagator and his followers to show six things that are happening in my garden right here and right now – I have just been out with the iPhone.
- Spring pots
I am so glad now that I labelled these pots of Spring bulbs when I planted them in the Autumn, as there is no way I would ever remember the names. Looks like the Narcissus Replete are about to burst into flower and I can’t wait to see what Nightrider tulips look like.
2. Clematis armandii
I know it is Spring when masses of white starry flowers appear on this monster of a climber which is just outside our sitting room window. The flowers always gather at the top, looking out for the sun in this south-facing spot.
3. Persian carpet
This week I saw a picture on Twitter of Spring planting at Sissinghurst which reminded me of a Persian carpet with its jewel-like tones. This is my more modest version, a combination of vivid blue hyacinths, the purple hellebore which has at last appeared to join its pink and white cousins and pale yellow primroses. In the middle is my new Lady Emma Hamilton rose, which I am hoping will provide a splash of vivid colour in the front garden come Summer.
This Euphorbia is enjoying a brief moment before it becomes engulfed by the fern next to it. It may never grow any bigger because of competition from its neighbour, but at least we get to enjoy the lime green flowers in Spring.
5. Charleston periwinkle
It is wonderful to be back volunteering in the garden at Charleston farmhouse. This week I came away with three little Vinca plants. I know they are considered invasive by many, but we have an awkward spot under a large bay which I have never quite managed to fix and I am hoping a mass of blue periwinkles might do the trick.
6. Plum blossom
Last but not least, I know I featured this last week, but our plum blossom really is enjoying a moment, so I couldn’t resist showing it again. If you look closely, you will see the wooden painted wind chime which the kids made, one of the ideas in the gardening and nature box for children which Mud + Bloom kindly sent us.
Now I am off to spend the rest of my birthday gardening, but I will be back later to see what the rest of you are up to in your gardens this weekend.