Monday, March 11

What a difference a year makes

Last year I took the following photos during the first few days of March ...
This year a week further into March the front bed looks like this ...
The photo was taken after I had cut back all the perennials so that the bulbs had room to breathe.

A couple of clumps of miniature daffodils - Topolino are bravely strutting their stuff.
A clump of red mini tulips - Show Winner are also trying their best in spite of having rather ragged leaves.
The crocuses are really struggling to open having almost permanently sodden petals.
I planted some miniature daffodils and irises in pots at the end of last year with the intention of planting these out in the front bed to fill in some gaps. I wanted to wait until the existing bulbs were through so that I didn't inadvertently dig these up when trying to plant the new bulbs. As yet though I don't really want to stand on the wet soil so for the time being they are still waiting in their pots. The trough at the back houses full size daffodils which are eventually intended for the plot.


Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments http://glallotments.blogspot.co.uk/ author S Garrett

30 comments:

  1. This year you're having a really surprising winter, because there was so much snow in the UK :)
    And as you the English were writing on your blogs this year, so much snow falls in your country once in a blue moon :) Maybe this is the reason why you spot the difference in flowering.

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    1. We haven't really had a lot of snow where I live Dewberry but it has been cold and lacking in sunshine

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  2. I'm hoping that the slow start to the year means we're actually going to get a summer this year. None of the bulbs I planted in containers have flowered yet.

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  3. Three or four years ago we struggled for Mothers day posies at church because the daffodils were late. However long ago it was I remember it as a lovely summer with huge success in the veg garden. Here's hoping it is like that this year.

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    1. Last year we had a reasonable March, Jo - we went to Loch Ness and has beautiful weather the last week in March and then the weather turned and the weeek after the same place was cut of by heavy snow.

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  4. this time last year we went on holiday and were sitting on a beach in just T-shirts - in the UK not the Caribbean. this year it is more like Iceland

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    1. I know, Elaine our weather is very fickle.

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  5. Spring never seems to come fast enough :)

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    1. It can't, Dan especially after a poor summer

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  6. I remember that week in March last year when we could wear T-shirts a flip-flops, not really weather for that today here in London! It is freezing cold, and although the snow we got today didn’t amount to much more than a tiny icing for a few hours, it is so cold I fear for a few of my plants. My tulips look much the same as yours, badly eaten by slugs before they even emerge properly, although it seems I have managed to stop any further damage by being a bit more vigilant with slug pellets. Let’s hope for a swift end to this cold snap so we can get a proper spring!

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    1. Our early tulips always seem to be nibbled by something Helene

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  7. That's an amazing difference isn't it? Our weather seems diametrically opposed at the moment. Perhaps you will get our hot dry spell soon.

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    1. I'll settle for warm and comfortable with just enough rain, Liz

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  8. Wow, that was some display last year :} Is it wrong of me to be glad that everything is late this year? I'm really behind, haven't even cleaned up the greenhouse properly from last autumn.

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    1. We still have loads to do on the plot but this weather just doesn't motivate so we have been decorating instead.

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  9. It feels so cold this week. I remember many a St Patrick's day where I was out in the garden digging in a light shirt.

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    1. I also remember an Easter when it was so warm, Kelli we went out and bought sunbeds!

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  10. When I was at work last night I was thinking how much winter is lingering this year...doesn't it know it's time to move on!! How I wish Spring would come and join us and stay until summer now!!

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    1. The trouble was summer did't seem like summer Tanya so any warm weather is a far distant memory

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  11. It certainly is very different weather to last year. Your corner bed looks very much like the borders in my back garden. I have a good showing of Dafs now but they are being spoiled by the wind. Even one of my Buddleias is drooping from last nights cold.

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    1. So let's hope when April comes the weather will still be the opposite of last year Rooko

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  12. Its really different how each year is depending on the weather.

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    1. It is Diana but we'd like a better different now!

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  13. How depressing to think we could be looking at the glorious bed right now (the one from last year) Come on sun

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    1. Come on sun indeed Josie - let's all shoot really loudly.

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  14. Great to show those pictures they really highlight the difference. We had such a warm March last year. Its bitterly cold this week and the ground is frozen hard. Plus the wind. Roll on spring!

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    1. 8 days to the vernal equinox, Annie and the gorgeous weather - wishful thinking :)

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  15. Totally different weather!
    The flowers are so pretty but I can't grow them here....

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    1. But you can grow so much that we can't, Malar

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