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This entry: 15 March 2017 by Ross Barbour

Before Spring has sprung.

We are well into March now and there has been some smashing weather, the garden is moving quickly into a new phase, dare I say Spring? The snowdrops are almost over and the Crocus are starting to peter out, but if you look hard enough between the Primulas, things are shooting up and starting to fill in those bare gaps. Unfortunately that includes the weeds.

I would just like to look back a week or so at some of the little gems that flowered in the garden

We call the far end the Winter garden, it has a very free draining soil and is wonderfull for growing bulbs. I cleared it of brambles and weeds about three years ago and the plants are now starting to fill out nicely. This Winter I pulled out the old tangle that was the boundry hedge, leaving us very exposed to the road but sometimes you gotta break some eggs to eat. I have replaced it with a bit of Yew to create a nice back drop, it wont take long to get going, as long as Helen remembers to water it!

Crocus sieberi 'Bowles White'

This is one of my favourites (like all the others)

Crocus sieberi 'Bowels White'

Crocus candidus var. subflavus

Crocus candidus var. subflavus

Crocus sieberi 'Firefly'

Love this

Crocus sieberi 'Firefly'

My Honey bees really enjoyed the Crocus, much needed pollen for them.

Crocus roseoviolacea

Crocus roseoviolacea

This is my favourite Spring Crocus, its a wee stonker. I grow it in a pot at the moment but hope to try it in the Garden when I have a few more.

Iris ungicularis 'Alba'

Iris ungicularis 'Alba'

All our I. ungicularis have flowered well this year. Shame I forgot to tidy up the foliage in the Autumn.

The Picton Garden just thinking about Spring

Galanthus 'Trumps'

One of the best snowdrops to spend your hard earned on. Such a good doer it must be in the top ten and so easy to identify.

Galanthus 'Trumps'

I was lucky enough to be given these gorgeous G. nivalis Sandersii Group from Philipa Craig who lives in Northumberland and has a smashing wee garden at Goose Wells.

North Northumberland being the home of the yellow drop.

Galanthus 'Lemon Drops'

Last of the drops in the Picton garden to go over is this lovely.

Given to me by Lally Cox, Woodpeckers before she sadly passed away this year. Said to have been found by Phil Cornish, I must ask him about it next time I see him.

Galanthus 'Lemon Drops'

Trying to create a nice rich tapestry of colour and texture in those darkest and dimmest months of the year.

Crocus 'Pickwick'

Crocus 'Pickwick'
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