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Lyn and Malcolms Garden Blog
March  2011

March 28th

Another Narcissus, this time sold in a pack marked Happy Spring, no such name as far as I can tell, looks like 'Thalia'.

Erythronium 'Pagoda' first flower open today                                   Crocus chrysanthus 'Fuscotinctus' just finishing flowering.

March 27th

I have been photographing some of the new Narcissus in the garden recently for addition to our Plant Guide.
I am getting fed up with ordering a particular plant, waiting for it to grow and flower, only to find that it is not what we ordered.
I took a picture of Narcissus jonquilla 'Pueblo' today and before adding it to the Plant Guide I checked that it was the correct one, it wasn't.
So now we have another plant we don't know the name of, and are unlikely to ever find out, considering the number of Narcissus that are available. So I am to say the least a little peed off.

Clematis alpina 'Constance' which is the first Clematis in flower this year. It has a RHS Award of Garden Merit, or AGM.

Fritilaria imperialis 'Lutea'                                                                Lyn tying in the new growth on some of the Clematis

Over the garden gate

March 24th

Sunny and warm this week with night temperatures just above freezing. Makes you want to get some tender plants out but the nights are too cold.
Clematis are growing fast so need regular tying in especially non clinging ones. Looks like we will have a good show of flowers on the Clematis. Keep feeding with a high potash feed till they start to flower. I expect quite a few Clematis pictures on this blog soon.

Omphalodes cappadocica 'Starry Eyes'  small but lov                  Scilla siberica 'Alba'

Erythronium buds will soon be open.                                                Ipheion uniflorum 'Charlotte Bishop' first flower this year.

March 20th

An easier day today, squished the first Lily Beetle of the year, which is one week earlier than last year.
Potted on some of the plants that we have grown from seed, and watered the over wintering tender plants in pots.
A blackbird lost it's life to a Sparrowhawk, on the back lawn today, while we were having our dinner !!!

Ipheon uniflorum                                                                                  Narcissus 'Jack Snipe'

Magnolia 'George Henry Kern'                                                          Puschkinia libanotica

Anemone                                                                                               Clematis alpina 'Constance' just about opening.

March 19th

The Brugmansias have now been repotted and the cement capping on the wall replaced. It was a cold start to the day with a minus 2.5c frost overnight, the day was blue sky all the way. Will have to watch out in case of a frost tonight, if there is I have to cover the cement on the wall.

Gerbera 'Everlast' in the conservatory                                               Trachycarpus fortuei leaves against the blue sky today.

March 16th

Most of the jet washing done in the exotic garden now, and between paid jobs I have been painting the terracotta walls. I still have a persistant cough left over from the bugs Lyn bought home three weeks ago. But I am hoping to repot the Brugmansias over this coming weekend. They are still in the conservatory and will have to return there after repotting, for at least another four to six weeks till we start to see the cold nights dissapear.
Another job that needs doing is to replace the cement capping on one of the low terracotta walls that has been damaged by the frost we had in December.

Narcissus 'Sailboat'                                                                               Corydalis solida 'G.P. Baker'

Helleborus orientalis Only two in the garden, not keen on them.       Most of the Liliums are now showing above the soil.

March 13th

I spent three hours this morning jet washing the paths, walls and brick edging in Lyns front garden. She hates me doing this job as it makes such a mess. I can't say I particularly like doing it either, but when it all dried in the sun, it looks much better, still have to do the same in the exotic garden yet.

As you can see the garden is well under way now, the labels are gradually dissapearing and the clematis on the fences are now growing fast.

Which Clematis will flower first this year ? The two main contenders are.....

Clematis alpina 'Constance'                                                                   Clematis atragene 'Brunette'

Scilla siberica 'Spring Beauty'                                                                Pieris forrestii

March 6th

Narcissus 'Jet Fire'

The long and winding road.

Somehow I got the feeling I was being watched.

March 5th

Not much to report, we have both had a bug/virus, very unusual for me, had it for over a week, and a terrible cough too.
Did manage to scarify the lawns, and tidy the edges today.
An important job I wanted to do this weekend, was to repot the Brugmansias into fresh soil, but will have to wait a bit until full strength is restored in me after the bug.
We are having some frosts at night again, so that will slow the growth rate a bit in the garden, looking forward to feeling the warmth of the sun again as the month progresses.