Helleborus orientalis

The Garden in March

Did you notice?

Today was so beautiful!  Not only did the rain stop, but the sun shone and the wind dropped.  It was perfectly still in the garden this morning, quiet…and with such a sense of peace. A perfect day to make a start on some projects.

On my way up to the ageing (a bit like myself) greenhouse, I spotted the gorgeous Helleborus orientalis shown above, (otherwise know as the Lenten Rose).  I had completely forgotten that it was there, tucked in amongst some overgrown shrubs.

I couldn’t resist going back to the house to pick up a camera and grab a few shots.

Geranium Appleblossom

The next job was to pot on some little plug plants that I bought last week.  These geraniums will be in full bloom, in pots at our front door, throughout the summer and into autumn.  They’re great value as they flower for such a long time, and fortunately seem to thrive on neglect.  We can go off on holiday and somehow they appear to look even better when we get back.  Perhaps we just have a kind neighbour…

Have you seen the weather forecast?  It seems we might just be about to have a whole week (well, almost) without rain.  If you have a garden, this is the time to get out there and start preparing it for spring and summer.

What to do in the garden in March
  • It’s tidy-up time.  Wash pots and seed trays, ready for planting.
  • Check terracotta pots for damage.  If they’re cracked or broken the best thing you can do is put them out of their misery by breaking them up.  Use the pieces as crocks for the bottom of pots when you’re ready to plant up.
  • Lift and divide summer-flowering perennials.  It’s always great to be able to get several plants from one.  Water the new perennial clumps often, until they are well established.
  • If your Hostas are starting to show, it’s time to lift and divide those too.  Hostas are beautiful, striking plants and each established plant can give you several free plants at this time of the year.
  • Its time now to sow hardy annuals in your greenhouse, conservatory or windowsill.  Just think how lovely your garden, whether large or small, will be with an abundance of flowers throughout the summer.   Sowing from seed gives you access to a greater variety than you will find in your garden centre, but it does take time and patience.
  • Sow vegetable, herb and salad seeds in the greenhouse, conservatory or on your windowsill.
  • From around the middle of the month you can start planting Dahlia tubers into trays.  When tubers sprout new growth, and are about 3″ high, you can take cuttings.  Plants from cuttings are more vigorous and you get several plants from the cuttings and can still plant the tuber.
  • If you don’t have a garden you can still pot up a Dahlia tuber and put it on your windowsill.  Take cuttings when they are ready, and grow on in pots for a vibrant display at your front door.

Here’s how Sarah Raven does it:

What are you have planning for your garden this summer?

4 thoughts on “The Garden in March”

  1. some of the things William is growing in his garden this year are as follows- Broad beans, peas, carrots, beetroot, Tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, kale, strawberries, apples, plums, chives, onions and pak choi a oriental vegetable also flowers and shrubs. I am still cooking with last years produce as we had a great harvest, he uses a number of tubs to grow some of the vegetables in, as well as straight into the soil. We also are lucky to have a greenhouse and conservatory to start the seedlings off. happy gardening from the Tates

    1. In the event of a famine, the Irvine Ward will be lined up at the Tate’s door, baskets in hand… 🙂 Seriously though – that’s a really great achievement – especially with it being your first year in the house. Well done William!

  2. Love this new website, very slick and well laid out. Well done to those involved (especially Cathy). It would be nice to have pictures of our own sisters in the top banner or a picture of our own ward RS Presidency? Maybe even have the VT assignments posted here so we can see who is assigned to visit us etc. Keep up the good work!!

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