End of March round up

You can compare with last years round up if you wish. It is interesting to note that the Pieris already had its red shoots in March in 2017, but not this year or last. In most other respects this year is similar to 2017.

March was a reasonably warm month with only one day when the temperature dropped below freezing. The highest temperature of the year so far of 16C occurred on the 21st. I know that some places further south had higher temperatures than that in February, but not here - the temperature never reached 15C in Feb.

Flowering

There were still some crocuses flowering, although they were all finished by the end of the month.

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The primroses were flowering. Here is the one that suffered a vine weevil attack. It was great to see it recover from nothing to begin flowering again.

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The original clump of Brunnera macrophylla 'Hadspen Cream' is flowering well as usual. I don't much like the variegated leaves on this, and I much prefer the silver leaved varieties.

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My Brunnera macrophylla 'Looking glass' which didn't flower at all last year is finally flowering this year. Apparently, although the silver leaved ones do not come true from seed, they are still somewhat silvery, so I am interested to try that out and see what I get.

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The existing daffodils are mostly out now. The large group by the left fence is much reduced this year. It is probably time to dig them up once they have died back and re-work that whole area.

There are some small daffodils that are probably 'Rip van Winkle'

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Other flowering

There have been the new 'Jetfire' daffodils, the first tulips, muscari and Pulmonaria flowering as seen in other posts this month.

Starting to grow / lost

A much milder winter this year, so I'm not really expecting to be losing many plants. There are a few that didn't look so healthy last year so will be good to see them back.

Right at the end of the month both the Actaea simplex plants and the Astilbe 'Ellie' appeared.

The Helianthus and Lythrum have shoots that are barely above ground without leaves yet.

I am missing the Phlox amplifolia that didn't seem too healthy after the long dry spell last year. The Primula vialii has not appeared yet, but it was late last year too.

There is no sign of the Lysimachia atropurpurea 'Beaujolais' but it is a biennial or short lived perennial (sources differ) so not entirely unexpected.

All the other perennials have signs of growth. Several that are not evergreen had new growth at the bottom over the whole winter.

Bulb watch

One set of daffodils is lagging far behind, flowers are barely out of the ground.

There is no sign of the new Alliums as far as I can tell, there were 20 planted. The existing Alliums are also in short supply this year.

I also planted 100 new Anemone blanda and there is no sign of these. I planted them all over the garden, but there are none showing other than ones in the existing planted areas where the flowers have been out for weeks. There are still new ones appearing in these areas however so it possible that they will eventually appear elsewhere too. I've not quite given up on them.

I planted two kinds of Ipheion and I am not convinced that all of them have grown, we shall have to see when they start flowering. One set had large bulbs, the other much smaller.

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