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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day -- March 2016

Welcome to my first GBBD post for 2016! Here's what's blooming in my garden right now. Our recent weather has been so rainy and windy and cold, getting photos was a challenge. But I managed to get out there in two or three runs, coming into the house in between to take the chill off, and upload what I had captured to see if any of my photos were worth sharing.

Dicentra 'Gold Heart'

Dicentra 'Gold Heart'

Pulmonaria

Pulmonaria

Epimedium

Epimedium

Epimedium

Brunnera

Brunnera

Trachystemon orientalis -- Aren't those curly petals cute?

Trachystemon

The curls remind me of Aunt Pittypat from Gone With The Wind

Trachystemon

Trachystemon foliage, which lasts all summer after the blooms fade

Variegated Stachyurus praecox (possibly 'Magpie')

I already shared some Hellebore pics in my last post, but I thought I'd share this Hellebore "hedge" that I put in last year around this time, to line the edge of a path. I'm pleased with how it turned out, but I did intend to intersperse some Fritillaria bulbs in there. Unfortunately, I never got around to planting them. I wonder if it's too late?


It's rare to find a common Primrose bloom this undamaged by slugs, most look like the bloom on the lower right

I shared this Erysimum 'Winter Sorbet' in my last post too, but I love it so much I'm showing it again.




There are a few bulbs blooming in the front garden.

Daffodil

Daffodil

Chionodoxa

'British Gamble' Daffodil about to bloom

Two-tone Muscari

There's not much blooming in the greenhouse. Most of the plants out there survived being neglected terribly while I was ill, but a couple succumbed.

'Old Lady' miniature cactus

Echevaria

I didn't take photos of the dandelions and the millions of shotweed growing out there with impunity. I could feed a small army with them (they're both edible weeds). I hope there's plenty of flowers in your garden, and very few weeds.

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Check out her March Bloom Day post here.

16 comments:

  1. Good Morning Alison! Wow! Your Dicentra is already blooming!
    I looked at my garden pictures-2015 and found out that many plants were ahead of what I see today in my garden, and there were more blooms at this time last year. I think we had more sunny days then. I'm glad we are going to have several dry days!
    We'll have a chance to clean our gardens after that horrible wind storm.

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  2. if i ever grow a Dicentra spectabilis again it will be 'Gold Heart'- what do you grow around it to fill in when the dicentra does dormant? have you grown Erysimum 'winter orchid'? yours looks more compact. my 'winter orchid' is only now just blooming, seems very late. one died of bad drainage or maybe they are short lived. your photos are beautiful. the third orange Epimedium? lovely. i might be able to try growing them now that the centipedes are controlling the vine weevils. vine weevil larvae ate every last root of primroses. primrose tumbleweeds, they became.

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  3. You and Heather and epimediums! They are just fantastical creations. Beautiful plants and photos, Alison.

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  4. Wonderful photos of the tiny flowers. Great job on those.

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  5. Blossoms in all the spring colors, so pretty. Don't delay looking at your camellia or you'll find a pile of petals on the ground as I did on one that had only one flower --and I missed it!

    I hope we find encouragement in all the Bloom Day posts. I don't feel the excitement of Spring the way I used to. Ho hum.

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  6. Wonderful photos, Alison!
    Our weeds are growing too. We are not opposed to using round up on the gravel driveway and pathways and this week we will have the sun to do it. The rest will be hands and knees jobs.

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  7. You have so many beauties in your garden, Alison! Epimediums are on my list of favorite plants I can't grow in my climate. That Erysimum should grow here but I have yet to see 'Winter Sorbet' offered locally. The Trachystemon is entirely new to me.

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  8. I'm in love with that Erysimum and I must have it! Did you grow it from seed? So glad you're feeling better - welcome back to Bloom Day!

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  9. A "Hellebore hedge" how many people can say they have one of those!?

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  10. Your Dicentra, Epimedium and Brunnera are way ahead of ours!Love the colour of your Erysimum, that certainly brightens up a dull day!

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  11. Lovely flowers, Alison. I never thought of planting a hellebore hedge, how fascinating. I also like the orangish epimedium, very pretty. I have a lot of Borage family plants, and extensive ground cover Comfrey, but I had never heard of the Trachystemon before, what quaint curls the petals make! My Pulmonarias are blooming too, but a lot of my other flowers you have are not blooming yet.

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  12. Lots of spring color in your garden! Better go out and see if my epimedium are blooming yet!

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  13. Oh gosh, I love epimedium. Only just starting to send up flower shoots here. And your hellebore hedge is just brilliant Alison!

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  14. Beautiful close up photography. I'm really intrigued by the Trachystemon (not familiar with that one)and the Erysimum (that's wallflower, right?). Is the Erysimum an annual or biennial?

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  15. Great blooms! I especially love the blues and oranges.

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  16. I love your photos. We have a lot of the same plants, which makes me want to see your garden in person even more. :)

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