When I wrote my “Busy Sunday” post last Sunday it did go through my mind that it was very similar to what I would be writing for the End of Month View today. However, it is important for me to write this review because it is, in effect, a diary entry. It is something to refer back to in 2013 to see if plants are behind or forward for this time of year. When looking back on March 2011 for comparison, growth in the garden is exactly where it is now. I did notice, that I had sown the runner beans (Cobra) and they were looking tall and strong – I haven’t started them this year, so had better get cracking.
No doubt, we will all be referring to the unusually warm week we have had, it has really brought everything along in leaps and bounds. It is much cooler today, more in keeping with March weather, but night frost has been forecasted now so it is important to keep the fleece at hand and weather watch very carefully.
I sowed a variety of vegetable seeds last Sunday and already the Rocket is coming through. The Raspberry canes are looking good too, with lots of new growth at the base – should be some excellent raspberries this year.
The various clematis I have around the garden have burst into leaf and the Montana Elizabeth is packed with buds – I must remember to feed it. It grows over the shed roof and is in a large pot but as it is now several years old and continues to thrive I suspect the roots have grown out of the bottom of the pot and are now firmly established into the soil below. I love the idea of clematis rambling through climbing roses and there is a lovely climbing Clematis Jouiniana Praecox with little blue flowers which rambles through the Compassion Rose, disguising the bare stems. I found a Clematis Montana Mayleen with dark green, bronze-flushed leaves and vanilla-scented, pale pink flowers and planted that just under the Sambucus Nigra (Black Elder) and that is scrabbling upwards, through the branches, the two compliment each other perfectly.
The front garden is beginning to take on some colour and interest too. It is a part of the garden that I tend to ignore, although as I come in and out of the house, I see more of it than the back and often wonder why, perhaps its something to do with being able to potter in the back garden, whereas when in the front you are more open to passers by.
I love the Skimma which has red berries all year round and is now beginning to produce lots of little white flowers. It is getting rather high and protruding out to the pavement so I will have to prune is shortly. The Mophead Hydrangea is producing lots of green now and in a few weeks I will start to remove the old flowers.
I have lived here for 11 years and inherited the Kerria Plenifora which grows next to the bay window. Nothing seems to phase it and it is clearly very happy where it is. The photo below show the double flowered, pompom like, Plenifora and the bottom photo is of the single flowers Kerria that is in the back garden – it doesn’t grow as well where I have it planted which is a shame because I wanted some height between me and next door.
Returning to the back garden – the Pieris “Forest Flame” is in a very large pot and I moved it to the side garden last year because it was not happy in the full sun against the side of the house. It looks as though I made a good decision, it now is in shade about 50% of the day which it seems to like. This is a fascinating plant, with interesting white flowers and then producing beautiful red leaves, giving colour to a shady spot.
Last Sunday, when I was taking photos for the “Busy Sunday” post, the pot of Anemones were just about to come into flower, with just one bloom. Today it is full of flowers and will be just right to pick and take to my Mum next weekend for Easter. As I was wandering around with the camera this morning to collect photos for the EOMV, I suddenly noticed this little Violet growing beneath one of the roses, they look so delicate but are really quite tough. I just wish more of them would grow, it seems most years I find one or two tiny plants tucked away in odd flower pots.
Now it is just marking time with tiny plants that will soon be ready to plant out, but not until the fear of a ground frost is over. I always find this difficult to judge and make sure that they don’t get too leggy. Monty Don on Gardening World last night, was extolling the virtues of a cold frame, saying that they are not nearly used enough. Perhaps this should be my next buy and move the Delphiniums and Sweet Peas into there for a few more weeks. Here I have to be honest and admit that this year I bought Sweet Pea seedlings, and have no excuse or reason why I have not raised my own from seed – why do I feel guilty about that?
Yesterday I received the seeds I ordered from the wonderful Higgledy Garden , they are Cornflowers, Nicotiana, Cosmos, Nigella, Scabiosa and Cleome – so no guessing what I will be doing this weekend.
That is my End of Month View for March 2012. Please take time to pop over to Helen at Patient Gardener who hosts this useful meme and having done that pay a visit to some of the lovely gardens that also contribute to the EOMV.