Thursday, 15 March 2012

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - March 2012

Yes it's that time again.
Although lots of plants are still very shy to bloom.



At least the dwarf narcissus are putting on a good show. Sorry I don't know the varieties, the labels went walkabout years ago.

Leucojum aestivum, also known as the Summer Snowflake. I know, it's March, but it's only flowering about a month early. Yes, the Summer Snowflake blooms in spring not summer. I wonder which bright spark named that one then.

Another dwarf narcissus, but I know this one. This is Narcissus Rip Van Winkle. Are you feeling sleepy ?

Gerbera Mount Rushmore. You're probably thinking this photo looks a bit odd. Well I had a bit of an accident with it in the greenhouse. I broke the stem off, oops. But being as the flower had only just opened, I dropped it into a water feature, like you do.

The very first full sized daffodil to flower this year. No idea of the variety, it's been growing in the garden for centuries, oh alright then, decades.

Vinca minor, just starting to flower.

Gold Lace Polyanthus, now in full bloom, my favourite polyanthus.

Ribes sanguineum, just beginning to bloom. You see a flower, the bees see dinner.

Mahonia aquifolium, just beginning to flower. This one was planted by Mother Nature, under the hawthorn tree. She really knows where to position plants, doesn't she ?

And finally, Clematis armandii, clambering over a berberis, and flowering towards my neighbour's garden. How dare it ?

If you would like to see more gardens in bloom around the world today, pop over to May Dreams Gardens where Carol is hosting this meme.

And just as an afterthought, for all those of you in the UK who have been experiencing glorious spring weather, the siskin came back today. You have been warned.

19 comments:

  1. Tyle pięknych kwiatów już kwitnie, a u mnie tylko przebiśniegi. Pozdrawiam.*** So many beautiful flowers no longer bloom, and I have only the snowdrops. Yours.

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    1. But snowdrops are just the beginning, you'll soon have more flowers, Giga

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  2. Your bulbs are beautiful. The Summer Snowflake is gorgeous. Happy GBBD!

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    1. Thanks, Shirley. Think I'll have to divide the summer snowflake this year. It's been in the same spot for years, and is now a little shy to flower.

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  3. I've always wondered why Summer Snowflake was named that! Love that polyanthus! What a cute bloom! And your narcissus are beautiful. Happy GBBD!

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    1. Thanks Holley, they are some of my favourite spring blooms too.

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  4. Lovely photos, especially your Gold Lace Polyanthus. Also like your Ribes sanguineum. I had Ribes speciosum for many years but grew it in a large tub. Eventually it got too big for the tub and since I had nowhere to plant it the whole thing ended up in the compost bin. Tough choices to make in a tiny garden!

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    1. Sorry to hear about your Ribes, Helene. Mine get a severe haircut after flowering. They may not be the best shrubs around, but the bees love the flowers.

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  5. My goodness you have a lot in bloom! I love that Polyanthus but I've never grown one. Are they easy?
    Happy Bloomday.
    David/:0)

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    1. The polyanthus is very easy to grow, David, but, and it's a big but, they don't like heat in summer. I grew mine successfully for many years, until a hot summer put paid to them all. I've only had the current ones for a couple of years. So I don't think they would do very well in Texas, I'm afraid.

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  6. Your posting reminds me that I have been thinking about adding Mahonia for a number of years. I need to get it onto my shopping list. And that Corydalis you pictured in February is stunning.

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    1. Thanks, John. One of the best things about my mahonia plants, is that they were all free, all planted by the birds. I love a bargain.

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  7. Oh dear, yes I fear we have been warned, Winter has not finished with us yet then!

    However, everything is so bright and cheerful in your garden, all that lovely colour! Daffodils are my favourite garden flower probably because they are such a sure sign that things are moving on. Lovely photos throughout!

    I have Mahonia Charity in my garden planted not by Nature but by me...in the worst possible place to see it from the window when at its loveliest :-(

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    1. It's been a bit cooler today, but the weather forecast for next week is looking good, so might not see the siskins again.

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  8. Your garden looks lovely. Thanks for taking us on a spring tour.

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    1. Thanks, Mary, you're most welcome.

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  9. Isn't it surprising just how much is in the garden when we have camera in hand. I like your dwarf narcissus, the middle one with the orange trumpet is jetfire, one of my favourites.

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  10. Thanks Alistair, I can re-label the pot now. Result.

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  11. I love Bloom day.

    Being from the other hemisphere it warms my heart to look at a bit of spring while I am heading into autumn. I miss Mahonia as we don't grow them in Sydney. Nor do we get the same variety of daffs, really love the rip van winkle.

    Thanks, think I might have to join in with bloom day this month

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