March is the month where the garden really starts to wake up, although the recent warm
weather has felt more like May than mid-March. Yellow is very much the colour of March,
mostly provided by the many thousands of Daffodils that can be seen naturalised in lawns, verges
They form the background to a riot of secondary blues, whites, and purples. Here on
Exmoor the Pulmonaria ‘Trevi Fountain’ is at its peak, providing a rich source of food for
passing bees, whilst Magnolias provide a rich palette of whites and pinks. Whilst the purples
are provided by the last of the Hellebore flowers and the exotic looking flowers of the
Snakeshead Fritillaries (Fritillaria meleagris) This is naturalised in some grass by the HQ stream,
where the damp ground provides ideal conditions for it.
Late March is the ideal time to finish off tidying up beds, be sure to cut back any
remaining flower stems from last year before this year’s growth starts, and if possible apply
a good mulch of organic material to the bed. This helps feed the soil, suppress weeds and
retain moisture in the soil.