Thursday, March 15, 2012

March flowers

Not much happening - and most of it yellow.

That's been my general verdict on this month's flowers: though tinged with a great deal of relief that our 'false spring' in the unseasonable warmth of a couple of months ago hasn't, after all, kiboshed the real one.

Was there ever such a spring-like colour as yellow? It shines out at you wherever you look: gleams and sparkles and cheers the soul. Perhaps that's why it's so much more welcome at this time of year than, say, in mid-summer when yellow flowers just seem brash: after all, we all need a bit of cheering up after the winter.

So now is the time of the spring bulb: there isn't much else peeping out just yet. But bulbs, above all, should have the place more or less to themselves anyway: that way you can admire them without distraction, to your heart's content.

Some of the hosts of golden daffodils
cheering up the slope at the back of the garden at the moment

Ranunculus ficaria

Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn'

Another mystery daffodil: could be 'Jetfire'?

Chionodoxa forbesiae (I think: lost the label. Again.)

...and the flower buds of the same:
almost as exquisite as the flowers themselves

Primula vulgaris

Mahonia japonica

Leucojum vernum

Narcissus 'February Gold'

Viola odorata

Eranthis hyemalis

Muscari armeniacum

Crocus tommasinianus
Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens - thanks Carol!


Su said...

Great pictures. How do you get your Leucojum to flower, mine has sulked since I planted it 2 years ago - lots of leaves, no flowers, ever!

VP said...

I immediately thought 'Yay, Jetfire!' before I saw your caption :)

The Constant Gardener said...

Su - I can take no credit at all for the Leucojum. It was here when we moved here and has been flowering its socks off ever since. Sorry :D

VP - glad you agree! right, Jetfire it is!

Whichford Pottery said...

Yep, definitely Jetfire. It's a little marvel.

Galveston Gardening said...

Enjoyed reading your posts. Nuff said!


bookworm said...

You are a bit ahead of us here in upstate New York, United States. Our daffodils are only starting to bloom but our crocuses are in full swing. Happy GBBD.

hillwards said...

Good range of daffodils. Must add some cyclamineus ones next year. We have lesser celandine popping up in one of our borders too - along with lots of lords and ladies uncoiling their leaves... looks like the garden was reverting to woodland during the years of neglect before us...

Darla said...

Yellow does seem to be one of the first colors of spring. I love, love all the crocus in your older post.

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