Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – March 2017

Oh what a delight it is seeing colour in the garden and to be able to take lots of photos for GBBD this 15th March 2017.

We are experiencing a few mild days here on the Sussex south coast,  which is warming up the garden and bringing everything into life.  However, while writing this there is a news report on the TV about snow blizzards and icy winds on the East Coast of the USA, and I do hope it doesn’t come our way.  I am all too aware of snow in April, but there is always hope that it won’t happen.

I am really happy with the variety of daffodils and narcissus in the garden, and there are many more waiting to burst into flower, so plenty opportunities to take more photos.  It really is adding brightness around the back garden,albeit hosting minute slugs which are nibbling away at the petals.

Rather than write any more for you to read,  I am just going to post photos instead in colour sections to enjoy.














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I have a ‘wild’ bit at the end of the garden, which is quite overgrown with ivy and a pile of wood that I leave as a bug hotel.   In amongst all of this there arie some proper primroses, which along with daffodils, I see as a true harbinger of spring.

On the 15th of each month Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts this meme.  Please hop over there and take a look at all the contributions to Carol’s GBBD as well as looking at her lovely garden.

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – March 2014

This morning a number of blogs I follow pinged into my inbox to remind me that today, the 15th of the month, is Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.  I love this meme hosted by Carol at May Dreams  Gardens, it especially gives me a sense of happiness this time of the year with the realisation that life goes on and soon the garden will be full of colour.   There is also a sense of sadness when you notice that a much loved plant has not reappeared.  When reading Helen’s (Patient Gardener) GBBD post and saw her Pulmonaria, it suddenly occurred to me that I had not seen mine this year and when I went for another look there is no sign.  A trip to the Garden Centre shortly to replace it will be on the cards.

Most of my daffodils are still waiting to bloom, but the ones in the front garden have been out for several weeks now, providing a cheerful welcome as I walk up the garden path.


The other provider of colour in the front is my wonderful Skimmia “Foremanii” shrub, which has red berries on it all year round and at this time of the year it is also covered in pretty white flowers.


Moving to the back garden, the Pieris “Forest Flame” is now adorned with beautiful urn shaped creamy flowers.  This shrub is looking so pretty at the moment I have posted two photos.  Disappointingly, none of the daffodils are out yet in the side border, so the Pieris are the only flowers that are signalling Spring in this part of the garden.



The back garden, again is slow to show colour.   The Forsythia has lots of tiny yellow buds, so it will be another week or two before it looks splendent.  I did, however, find a few flowers for the March GBBD.


What is looking absolutely glorious is the Ribes (Flowering Currant).  I usually prune it after it has flowered but last year I didn’t, so it is rather a large shrub at the moment but it does mean it’s dripping in lovely pink flowers.  Again, two photos for this plant.  The only thing I have against Ribes is its smell!  To me it reminds of me cats, but whatever it reminds you of it is certainly pungent.

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The Euphorbia has done something strange this year and is only flowering on half the bush, the other half is looking as though it is dying so I will have to keep an eye on it.   However, it has spread into another part of the garden so all is not lost.



Scattered around the flowerbeds are lots of Primula, the purple ones seem ok, but the pale white variety are being eaten to pieces.  There are also lots of Forget-me-nots which are just flowering now,  I look forward to seeing a sea of blue and pink flowers when they are in full bloom.


From now on the GBBD posts moving through the Spring and Summer months will be full of beautiful colour and joy.   Meanwhile, hop over to Carol’s blog and take a look at the other Garden Bloggers Bloom Day entries – they are from all over the world and it is always interesting to see what is flowering at this time of year in other countries.

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day 15 July 2013

Surprise! Surprise!  We are in the middle of a really hot spell, which seems to be lasting.  The garden is looking good for this Garden Bloggers Bloom Day on the 15th of each month.

The sun and warmth has  brought out all the flowers but sadly also finished off the roses.   I did find one Compassion bud tucked in the middle of the shrub, this is heartwarming because this rose doesn’t always provide a second flowering.


I am highly delighted with the flower bed at the bottom of the garden, which is tightly packed with flora.  The Agapanthus and Verbena Bodnantense are just coming out also which will give height.

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The Antirrhinum are amazing, considering I bought a mixed tray of them from the local hardware store, the colours are just in the right place.   The pale pinks are together and next to the Astrantia, and the darker russets are growing in between the white Cosmos.  I couldn’t have planned it better.


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Considering I cut back the Astrantia a while ago, it seems to have done it good as it is flowering in abundance.


I was sent a personalised rose by a work colleague when I left on sick leave.  It was such a wonderful surprise and very special to have a rose called Ronnie’s Rose.   It has turned out to be a lovely yellow and is nicely framed sitting  just in front of the pink Ballerina Rose.

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The Cerinthe I bought last year has not been a prolific as I thought it would be.  I was told once you have this plant you can’t get rid of it.   Having initially thought I wasn’t going to have anything this year there are a few little plants coming up so I may be lucky.


Moving up to the side patio, the Olive tree is a mass of flowers.  I’ve had this for many years and last year it actually produced a few olives, although I didn’t try them.  Maybe this year I will have a lot, but I have read that they don’t taste like the ones you would get from a shop, so we shall see.


There is a lot of red in the garden this year, which is great because last year it was an abundance of pale pinks and whites which I felt looked slightly insipid.   The MonardaSquaw’ , red poppies in the wild flower patch and the Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ all look splendid.


There is still a lot in the garden yet to come out and I am hoping that the next GBBD I will be able to show all the dahlias that are just producing buds now.   In the meantime it is a busy end of the day task to ensure that everything is watered and happy in this heat wave.

Thank you Carol of May Dreams Gardens who hosts this monthly meme.  Please pay a visit to her blog and check out all the other GBBD posts from around the world.

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Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – 15 June 2013

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is a meme run by May Dreams Garden in which we are invited to share what is blooming in our gardens on the 15th of each month. The last time I took part in Garden Bloggers Bloom Day was November 2012.   It is a joy to be able to show off what is blooming in my garden in the middle of June.

Rather than bombard you with lots to read,  here is a selection photographs of the flowers in the garden today, with short captions.

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Allium – these have been a great success this year.

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Peony – this is the one solitary flower on a plant with a lot of leaves, but at least it flowered this year.  It let me down last year and failed to flower at all.

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Hardy Geraniums (Cranesbill) – I have several varieties, different shapes and colours ranging from pale pink through to deep blue.


Ceanothus (Californian Lilac) – a mass of blue flowers and attracting every bee in the neighbourhood.

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Jasmine (Jasminum officinale) – already its perfume is heady in the evenings.

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Fuchsia (Mrs Popple) – this is a healthy hardy fuchsia that never fails to please.

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Elder (Sambucus Nigra) – This year there is an abundance of flowers so plenty of Elderflower cordial all round.

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Poached Egg Plant (Limnanthes) – adding splendid low border cover of yellow and white, loved by the bees.

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Rock Rose (Cistus) – an abundance of white flowers emerging from rose coloured buds.

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Climbing Rose (Rosa Golden Showers) – always the first rose of the season, sadly the blooms only last a few days but there are always more to come.

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Dianthus (Coconut Sundae) – I have just brought this plant to go in a large pot with a new white mophead hydrangea.

There are lots of buds on the plants and shrubs so July GBBD is going to be wonderful!

Thank you to Carol at May Dreams Gardens who hosts this monthly meme.  Please hop over to her blog and check out the other contributors – you will find some amazing photographs.

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