There is so much in bloom this month. The gardens remind of Easter with their shades of yellows, purples and whites. Above is Camellia ‘Donation’ and this shrub is loaded with buds. I took cuttings from this plant last year and all of them have taken. When a plant looks this good you need more than one, right?
The crocuses are still in bloom along with narcissus and species tulips. I love this time of year. Each plant represents a new beginning, new life coming from the soil. I find it energizes me and I feel optimistic about the year to come.
The Hellebore hold their flowers for months. I still haven’t had time to clear the leaves off the front garden but the plants don’t seem to mind.
Primula surround the edges of my shade garden in the front yard. Above I have a large oak, a sour gum, flowering cherry and a row of cedars which cast shade from April onwards. The early spring allows hundreds of spring flowers to bloom before the deciduous trees leaf out. Later on these spring blooming plants will fade to allow shade loving plants to take the stage.
I am so busy in the greenhouse I almost missed seeing the Dicentra or bleeding heart emerge in front of the cedars. I love the chartreuse foliage on this plant. I am pretty sure this is Dicentra ‘Gold Heart’.
This Rhododendron is very spindly and Farmer Jim kept saying, “Let’s take it out, it’s so thin and scraggly looking”. Today its covered in pure white blooms. It’s not going anywhere. This is an early bloomer with the other Rhododendrons following behind next month. In all we have about forty Rhododendrons, many which have been here for almost twenty years.
So much to do in the garden and the weather is not cooperating. March has brought us rain and more rain. The plants are loving this moisture and are growing by leaps and bounds.