March

Happy St David’s Day!

Daffodil flower

The first day of our meteorological Spring has burst upon us with warm sunshine, and explosions of colour.

Purple flower of Crocus 'Negro Boy'

Cat wrapped around ornamental grass

We finally managed to find a few hours – and some energy – to work in the garden this afternoon, accompanied by our two furry friends; Faith was particularly intent upon wrestling with a clump of Stipa foliage. Good job these grasses are robust!

Xander and a bee

Xander was more interested in chasing the fat bees buzzing about the spring flowers; from these pulmonaria, to the open crocus flowers.

Bee in Crocus 'Prins Claus'

How do you persuade a cat that trying to catch a bee is not a wise game?

White flowers of crocus 'Jeanne d'Arc' beneath Acer

The stars of the garden, though, were undeniably the large white chalices of Crocus vernus ‘Jeanne d’Arc’, each flower fully opened in the sunshine to reveal a stunning bright orange pistil.

Crocus 'Jeanne d'Arc'; white flower with bright orange pistil

Crocus 'Jeanne d'Arc'; white flower with bright orange pistil

Aren’t they magnificent? The flowers positively glow in the sun; I am captivated by the purity of their white flowers in combination with their purple striped throats and the vivid orange stigma revealed within.

Crocus 'Jeanne d'Arc' flowers

Vivid orange pistil of white Crocus 'Jeanne d'Arc'

Despite such dazzling distractions, I managed to make headway in tidying the field border, with a few hours more work still to complete, while King of the Hill was happily basking in the warmth of the greenhouse as he prepared it for the growing season ahead. Sadly, tomorrow’s forecast is looking dismal and wet, so the borders will have to wait again, but we may manage an hour or two sheltering in the greenhouse to sow our first seeds of the year.

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15 thoughts on “March

  1. Lovely to be able to get outside in warm sunshine, even if only for a few hours! Sounds like you had a productive afternoon – hopefully it won’t be too dismal tomorrow.

    • It was really lovely; before lunch I even sat outside for quarter of an hour to drink my brew in the sunshine and listen to the hum of the bees around me!

  2. Sara glad you had some nice sunshine, I love the photo of Faith wrestling with the stipa, hope the crocus survived too, your white crocuses are beautiful and how nice to have bees out too, I haven’t seen any yet but that’s to be expected with our weather, happy St David’s day, Frances

    • Thanks Frances. The sunshine was quite magical; the light is definitely changing, and the evenings drawing out dramatically. Here comes Spring! I think the crocus has bounced back from the wrestling so far!

  3. Lovely photos of the Crocuses! But, the ones of the cats are more amusing. We don’t have any cats these days, but there was one we had a few years ago who was exactly the “wrestling with a clump of grass” type of cat!

    • The cats do keep us amused! They both love to gnaw on the ornamental grasses as they pass, or wrap themselves around those stipa tenuissima clumps to attack!

  4. Belated Happy St David’s Day to you Sarah. I even have a few daffodils too. The white crocus is amazing. did you get it from Peter Nyssen?

  5. A belated happy St.David’s Day to you Sara! Glad to read that you were able to celebrate it with some serious gardening activity and that your cats had fun too. I spent a good part of the day on a train looking out at that glorious sunshine wishing that I was outside.

    • Thanks, Anna. It was glorious. It must have been nice to travel on a sunny day, even if you would rather have been outside in it. Welcome after so much rain.

  6. This is a shamefacedly copy and paste comment. (I’m doing a last minute rush around to people who might be interested.)
    Have you thought about following a tree with Loose and Leafy this year? There’s information here http://tinyurl.com/bv6pzt5 and a Link Box tomorrow (7th March).
    Lucy

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