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Pulmonaria ‘Opal’

Pulmonaria 'Opal' - suburban-gardenMarch’s plant of the month is Pulmonaria ‘Opal’ bringing a welcome entry into spring.

There is just something really appealing about the green leaves with silver blotched all over them and then the flowers themselves are so dainty. This is a versatile, neat, low-maintenance plant that is happy to grow in shady places and will not spread like wildfire.

Pulmonarias are also useful early sources of nectar for insects such as bees who have just emerged from hibernation and are looking to feed growing nests.
Find out more about Pulmonaria ‘Opal’ at: suburban-garden.

Primula ‘Tie Dye’

Primula 'Tie Dye' - suburban-gardenFebruary’s plant of the month is the colourful Primula ‘Tie Dye’. Really easy to grow, low-maintenance perennial that will grow in borders, containers, alpine and rock beds. This plant also flowers on and off for most of the year. Read more at: suburban-garden.

Now that the grey months of December and January are behind me I’m looking forward once again to rediscovering the garden and charting the emergence of plants in the borders. So far the primulas, snowdrops and hellebores are starting to flower in our garden. What plants are flowering in your garden at the moment?

Pulmonaria ‘Opal’

Pulmonaria 'Opal' - suburban-garden

March’s plant of the month is ‘Pulmonaria ‘Opal’. Pulmonarias are one of the first plants to flower in my garden however I really adore the pale pink flowers on Pulmonaria ‘Opal’ that turn to an incredibly pale blue. And the leaves provide an interesting focal point all the year round. Read more at: suburban-garden

What flowers have already opened in your garden?

Signs of spring in the garden

Cally mix hellebore - suburban-gardenIt is easy to dismiss a garden in January but there are some signs of spring evident even though it’s a bit early! You just need to want to keep your eyes open and know where to look.

Our garden is currently going through an overhaul. We moved in at the end of 2013 and last year was a ‘do as much as you can year’ in order that we got some of the benefits this year. And it seems to be paying dividends even through some of the plants were established way before we arrived on the scene.

Last Sunday we did a bit of tidying up in the front. As well as making the plant pots that stand outside our doorstep a little neater and replacing the top layer of soil in them with some fresh compost, I also sorted out the hollyhocks.

I persist with hollyhocks even through they are prone to rust because I couldn’t imagine a summer without their tall blooms waving about in the wind. I removed any dead leaves and any that showed signs of rust. We are lucky that we have a large beech tree in our back garden and I gathered some of the leaves and packed them in and around the hollyhocks, taking care not to damage the roots. Eventually the beech leaves will decompose and hopefully give the hollyhocks some much needed nutrients. Anyway they already look much healthier, so that’s good enough for me.

Here is a little flavour of what else is going on in our garden at the moment:

I think the ‘Cally mix’ Hellebore featured as my main image is simply stunning. It has really brightened up a dull part of the garden. The clematis is still going strong and I know once it passes its’ best then the silky seed pods add another dimension to the trellis support.

The snapdragon has been going strong all year. Again I just tidied it up a bit by cutting off the seed pods and any straggly leaves and branches. The yellow ranunculus ficaria was one of the first signs of spring last year although since then we’ve disturbed a lot of the soil at the back. As a result we’ve probably lost the carpet effect that all these plants created last year but I’m not going to worry about it; these plants are considered invasive.