Back with another look at entries in my garden journal, this time for March 2022, when perhaps we may spot some signs of spring?
On the first page I welcomed in the new month by considering our flowering shrubs that gave us colour at the beginning of March, and wrote,“March certainly “came in like a lion” with storm after storm attacking the garden with gales and heavy rain, sleet, hail and snow. Nevertheless our winter-flowering shrubs shone through.”
On the opposite page I looked at the garden tasks were worked on early in March. I noted, “As the winds and rains abated we had a few days of bright, mild weather, so we enjoyed long days in the garden. We finished the ‘Shade Border’ revamp and added sculptures I had made from rusted whisky barrel hoops. We also finished gravel seat base and planted bulbs of small summer flowers in ‘Arabella’s Garden’. Jude sorted out the nursery shelves, sowed seeds of herbaceous perennials in the greenhouse and cleared the rill of dead leaves.”
Over onto the next double page I looked firstly at freshly emerged foliage and then at hellebore hybrids.
Concerning foliage I noted, “March is the month when buds of deciduous shrubs, climbers and perennials burst into life with fresh foliage.”
I then shared a set of ten fresh foliage photos.
We grow so many hellebores that it was hard to select just a handful to fill a page with their photos.
Over onto the next double page spread I shared gardening tasks and the bright colours of the March favourites, daffodils.
Concerning our tasks I wrote,“March weather settled down to give us bright sunny days and we gardened under clear blue skies, which Jude described as ‘wall to wall blue’. We replaced the trellis at the entrance to the garden, cut down grasses and perennials in the ‘Chatto Garden’ while Ian replaced our lavender hedge on the road edge as the plants had been destroyed by tractors that are far too big for our lane.”
Next I looked at daffodils and selected just nine to photograph and share just for a taster.
The final page for March was once again about yellow flowers where I chose a small selection of those found in our patch.
So there we have my garden journal entries for the month of March. We shall re-visit in April.