Down the garden in March
All of the photos were taken in March, 2002 as part of a series the gardening year, which I started in May, 2001. There are links to other photos at the foot of this page. March started off quite wet, but picked up a lot towards the end of the month, when we got a few nice, warm sunny days, and could get out and doing things in the garden - e.g. digging and clearing the flower beds. Not quite sure exactly when Spring started, but March ended definitely as Spring.
Quite a bit of colour starting to appear in patches throughout the garden, so lets start with a picture of these pansies from the back garden.
Colour also from the front of the house. The bushes that are trained around the bay window are a mass of red blossom, and the bed has anenomes, daffodils, etc.
The plum trees at the back of the garden are now also a mass of white blossom. This is a crucial time for the fruit crop. A frost just now will blacken the inside of the blossom, and so reduce or even eliminate that years crop.
The rhubarb has really taken off, and had we been around at Easter, we would have had the first picking in March. I will continue to record dates and crops, and something might be a good indicator of the following season. Its not likely though, as the garden reacts to the existing, not knowing what the future will bring. Incidentily, we ate the last of the previous years fruit on 25.03.02, so the rhubarb will come just in time, with space again in the freezer for any excess fruit.
A close up of the potato pots at the back of the greenhouse. The stalks continue to shoot up, and get covered with more compost. Then they will wither, and we might get a tasting of early potatos.
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