After a very wet but mild winter, we’re now in March and the weather should be warming up. I’m not alone in thinking this as the Camellias and Magnolias will tell you but we’ve had a recent spell of cold weather and more frosts in March than I think we’ve seen all winter. This has – once again – hit the early spring flowering display and marred it with splotches of brown, dropped buds and ruined flowers. Thankfully on any one flowering tree the display opens gradually, so late-comers shouldn’t be affected. Our own Magnolia x Soulangeana that crowns Magnolia Hill has flower buds that are still protected from the cold are are resolutely staying shut until later, but the Camellias in the back garden are out in full.
These Camellias receive much more sun than the ones at the front, which are only just thinking about opening. You can see how waves of frost have browned many of the flowers.
We’re in the “all four seasons in one day” part of the year where it can start off dull and dreary, clear to wonderful warm sunshine, cloud over again, get windy, throw a freak hail storm, clear again, then freeze at night.
The weather is definitely hormonal and the change from winter into spring is making it moody. I hope it settles down soon so I can get out and do some gardening without worrying about whether I’ll have to dash inside or get soaked or drown in saturated ground. I also won’t miss loosing the feeling in my hands to the point where freezing cold water burns.
As I rouse from winter hibernation and wander about the garden more, I’ve spotted little gems appearing here and there such as this Siberian Squill tucked into the patio wall.
There’s also been the odd Crocus and little clumps of daffodils but as we didn’t do spring bulb planting last year, there’s lots of room for improvement for the display. In the mean time though, I’ll just have to wait for spring to advance, the garden to drain and the sun to come out before I’m fully “awake” from winter slumber. There’s always catalogue perusing and online browsing to do on cold rainy days, which reminds me, there’s six tons of compost and manure to order for the “tropical” or “exotic” border we are planning this year.
Best starting thinking about getting the wheel barrow back out of the shed, we’re going to need it soon.