Through the Garden Gate March 2018
This month's post I am concentrating on close ups of the spring flowers rather than wider views of the garden. With two snow storms and lots of rain there hasn't been that much opportunity to get out in the garden and sort things out after winter!
We are loving our spring border under the hazel bushes, it has been giving us so much to look at, over the last couple of months. The primroses have grown so large that we have managed to divide them and repeat the same planting scheme over a longer stretch of border. I previously wanted to fill the garden with as many different plants as possible but now with a smaller garden we are trying this different approach. I am also tending to favour the plants that aren't so attracted to slugs and snails but are loved by other wildlife such as bees and butterflies.
Our blue pulmonia has only started to flower this week. I'm not sure what varieties we have as they are such a promiscuous plant and can interbreed. I always enjoy discovering old names for plants these are also known as Spotted Dog, (after the leaves), Lungwort (as the plant was used to treat ailments of the lung) or my favourite name Soldiers and Sailors- the blue flowers represented the sailors and the pink ones represented the soldiers! They, along with primroses, are a good early flower for nectar. They used to grow wild in Dorset although we haven't ever come across any plants on our walks. Do you have any good varieties of pulmonias growing in your garden? I think the pink variety below is Dora Bielefeld, as I used to live in Bielefeld it had to have a place in my garden!
The vegetable garden still has a few leeks remaining, the broad beans and chard have also survived the winter and the snow. The flowering border is quite flowerless at the moment, hopefully by next month it will be looking very different.
These rock plants, the white arabis rock cress and pink saxifrage, produce a colourful addition in March.
The onions are already to plant out and I had a mammoth seed planting session - see all the seed packets below! I'm not sure where all these plants will go if they grow, but I'm sure I will find them good homes if we can't accommodate them!
What is happening in your garden this month? If you would like to join in with Through the garden gate each month please let me know in the comments below and I will add your site.
Margaret's PatchMargaret's Patch
Urban Vegetable Plot
Wishing you a Happy Easter, until next time.