Here is a glimpse of what the end of March looks like here:
We’ve encouraged the Clematis armandii to grow under the roof of the front deck. These parts are in full, fragrant bloom. The parts that have remained outside, where it is colder and wetter, are still in bud, thus extending the season for this star of the early spring garden.
It can’t hold a candle to the two plants covering this pergola in full sun in Carlton OR.
As it emerges, the Lysimachia punctata ‘Alexander’ forms these little rosettes (its most charming phase, in my opinion)
On Bloom Day, the Forsythia was still mostly in bud. Now look at it!
Pussy willows have gone from furry to fluffy…achoo!
The first Rhody to bloom is always PJM.
This year ‘Janet’ is giving it some competition.
Here’s a closer look at ‘Janet’. Now there’s a pink I can get excited about.
Volunteer Ribes pop up all over the place.
I don’t know what it is about white primroses: they seem to remain relatively pristine,
While the blue ones are quickly tattered, I presume by slugs and snails.
Some of the plants recently acquired need to be viewed close-up to be appreciated. The Corokia cotoneaster is featured in the oval pot, with Ophiopogon japonicus ‘Pam Harper’ at its feet. The round pot, upper left, has two blue star creepers (Laurentia fluviatilis) and one Sedum makinoi ‘Ogon’ setting the stage for Nandina domestica filamentosa…almost invisible here, but I have high hopes for it.
This pretty little silvery lily turf turned up at Home Depot…really the only thing that spoke to me there.
But now back to Carlton, where our hosts, Susan & Gilbert, set this lovely table under that clematis-clad pergola and served up a memorable Easter brunch. Can you believe that sunshine? What better way to bid goodbye to March and wish you all a Happy Easter.