THE GARDEN IN MID MARCH
The middle of March, almost, and there seems to be a change of mood in the garden. The weather is slowly warming, although there are still cold winds and sharp showers, but the change is noticeable in the growth that the plants are making. Weeds are appearing too, of course, which is another sign that the ground must be warming up. ... and the grass could do with mowing.
I'm almost certain these stones must have come from here in the first place. It's strange to think of one set of owners moving all the stones laboriously from one end of the garden to the other, only for the next set of owners to move them all back again.
This little grouping of daffodils are along side the driveway. I rather like the pale colour and the frilled trumpets. I've done some research to try to identify them, and I think they are Ice Follies.
2. Berberis darwinii
The flower buds on this Berberis have appeared this week. I like it at this stage. As the flowers get more prominent I think the colour becomes less attractive: less burnt orange and more egg yolk.
3. Euphorbia Wulfenii
Jolly lime green heads light up this corner of the garden like torches.
4. White Tulips
In this border I planted out some tulips that were in pots last year. I think they are Fosteriana Purissima.
5. Mystery plant
I didn't know what this plant was, so I got out my Observer's Book of Wild Flowers. It's Coltsfoot, which 'may be found in waste cultivated places, especially where the soil is stiff and clayey'. It's got interesting downy scales on its stems. Unfortunately it seems to be a 'problem weed', so I'll have to get the spade out.
6. Dry Stone Wall
Mr Baileyana has built a fine dry stone wall where the Rose Garden abuts the gravel terrace. It replaces a retaining wall had been formed from sleepers which, being many years old, had begun to rot away. He used stones that we found in a pile at the top of the garden.
That's all from my garden this week, but if you'd like to see more from gardens in the UK and beyond, then please visit The Propagator, who is kind enough to host Six on Saturday. If you'd like to take part in Six on Saturday yourself, then all the instructions you need are there.