GBBD: The Darling Buds of March
Spring is continuing apace here at VP Gardens, with many plants in bud well ahead of their usual time due to the mild winter. I don't think any of my clematis had a proper dormant season at all. As a result they're showing buds aplenty and some quite malnourished looking growth.
My C. 'Diamantina' (pictured) grows strongly and as its pruning time is late winter/early spring, I can sacrifice these 'darling buds of March without fear of losing any later flower power. To make doubly sure I'll give the plant a good feed of pelleted chicken manure to ensure much stronger growth and flowers later on.
Another plant with plenty of buds (and flowers) is my trailing rosemary. This plant never read the label and is in bloom regularly from December onwards.
I saw the upright version in full bloom at a lineside garden on the West Somerset Railway last week, being bombarded by bumble bees in the bright sunshine. Proof of why I value this plant as an early bee magnet in my garden.
My neighbour's kindly let me borrow some of her magnolia's branches for my garden and it's always a tense time at this time of year, especially when there are the first signs of those plentiful buds beginning to break. We currently have a high pressure system over the UK, which means gorgeously warm spring days, but with the danger of frost overnight. Here's hoping all that promise isn't turned to toast.
Burncoose nurseries has plenty of reassurance on their magnolia cultivation page. The protective coat you can see serves as a natural fleece to those buds. It also seems that magnolias are good at adapting themselves to their local conditions and may bloom later in more northern or cooler parts of the UK. The website also has plenty of later blooming suggestions for happy magnolia times.
Do you have any darling buds of March this year?
Garden Bloggers' Blooms Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.