March, the beginning of Spring

The end of March is when the clocks go forward and you really believe that Spring has arrived. Everything is thrusting its way up through the ground, and the seasons are so different it makes it very exciting. At the moment everything is fresh and apple green, and there is also a surge of acid lime colour. There is nothing similar to an English Spring, and I love every bit of it.
Last winter water flooded the study, and we had to dig a trench of 4 foot at the front of the house. The Buddleia Agathosma met an untimely early death. I was only quite upset as she was very untidy, and our Wisteria Floribunda Alba will look very good trained all the way along, which is only about another six foot. Underneath we have planted Magnolia Stellata ‘Royal Star’ which has an AGM, and is flowering at the moment. Its flowers are kind of double and strappy. It coincides with Clematis Armandii, and further along we have put another yew dome. The whole ensemble actually looks much better.
I read an article about Prunus Incisa in ‘The Garden’, and immediately ordered one called Prunus Incisa ‘Mikinori’. Mikinori is a Japanese plant hunter. The plant is totally exquisite and came as a bush from Larch Cottage Nurseries in Cumbria who we seem to use a lot at the moment. Everything comes very well grown and well packed, and they have a good list of plants.
We had some tree men come, as the yew trees were getting too big and getting in the way of Betula Jacquemonti. They also lifted the crown of the lime trees which will make more light in the Gustav Klimt border. We had to wait three months for the tree men, due to all the floods and storms.
The Botticelli meadow has lived up to its name for some time. Blue Anemone Blanda are everywhere, and my pink and white Fritillaries are thick on the ground. The secret is not to mow them over too early, and then they seed. Now is the time of year for division in the borders as you can see what needs it and where to put them. You think you have a lot of space, but usually you dont. You must try hard to remember the spread of a plant.
This is a lesson to you that when you walk round your garden at any time of year you must use your eyes. We have been planting a lot of Euphorbias, out the front is Euphorbia Jacquemonti, and five Euphorbia Excalibur. They are invaluable structural plants and look good for a long time.
Some species tulips have already flowered, and the rest of them are in bud. It is a shame as we are going to Corfu for two weeks and I think I shall miss most of them. Each year I think that I should plant some more species tulips, as they increase rather than decrease. They run along under the ground. We have bought some achilleas as they never seem to come through the winter with us, and I feel I cannot do without them. Their colours are so beautiful, and I like their soft fern like foliage.

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