It’s Bloomin’ March

Hellebore 'Helen Ballard strain'

Isn’t she lovely?

Three years in the making, having been grown from seed, this one was worth the wait. It came from a packet of Hellebore ‘Helen Ballard strain’. I think I got 8 or 9 seedlings in total. Most turned out pretty much alike, white with various degrees of speckling, but this stands out from the crowd. Lightly speckled green tinged interior and outer petals flushed with pink her blooms are larger than the average hellebore too. She should really be promoted from a current lowly position on the bank but I’m loath to take the risk of moving her just yet. A bit of slug protection might be appropriate for next year though..


Helleborus 'Penny's Pink'


Helleborus ‘Penny’s Pink’

Hellebores are still going strong in the garden and are, undoubtedly, one of its Spring highlights. Each year I add a couple more and they’re gradually making their presence felt. Some of the original additions are forming large clumps and I am now pondering the possibility of dividing them. According to the RHS, most professional growers favour September although it can also be done in early Spring. Given the heavy, cold, wet winter soil in this part of Devon the Spring route is possibly the safest one for me.


Helleborus 'Harvington Red'


Helleborus ‘Harvington Red’

Hellebores are also the perfect plants to grow on a slope. There’s usually somewhere to stand, or at the very least wedge the camera, to get a good view up inside the blooms.


Helleborus orientalis 'Anja Oudolf'


Helleborus orientalis ‘Anja Oudolf’


Helleborus 'Cinderella'


Helleborus ‘Cinderella’


The drifts of snowdrops which characterised the February garden have gone to seed to be replaced by carpets of blue and gold.


Grape hyacinths (Muscari)


Grape hyacinths (Muscari)

The survivors of squirrel and vole attack are finally establishing themselves and beginning to spread.





Cutting a swathe down the face of the Precipitous Bank, they are alive with bees.




In place of the snowdrops the woodland floor now provides carpets of daffodils.




They’ve even popped up amongst the Anemanthele lessoniana I evicted relocated to more spacious accommodation on the woodland edge. Another of those serendipitous combinations that nature manages to orchestrate so much better than me.


Primula vulgaris


Primula vulgaris

And the first of what must surely be the many millions of wild primroses soon to sprout from Devon banks right across the county.






Camellia x vernalis 'Yuletide'


Camellia x vernalis ‘Yuletide’

For those who thought Christmas was done and dusted for a while, well, not quite. Purchased in an online sale for a song Camellia ‘Yuletide’ has rewarded me with a single bloom. She eagerly awaits the ritual perambulation around the garden, pot tried out for size in any number of different locations pending a decision on where she might be placed.



Possibly not next to this one.. Camellia NoID.

Yellow and spindly and left for dead in a six inch pot by a previous owner, she has flourished now her roots are in the soil.



Camellia NoID.

Remaining in intensive care. This one has been with me for years but never really thrived. Worth the continuing effort though for those delicately splashed blooms.


Whichever way you look at it, at last it does seem Spring has sprung.

With apologies to friends in North America still under several feet of snow and ice.. your turn will come!



Linking to Carol and Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day (here) at May Dreams Gardens, where you will find a feast of March bloomers from around the world.


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