Six on Saturday in March – White

All the hedgerows are now full of white Blackthorn blossom. I usually think of May as being the ‘white’month and March as rather more towards the ‘yellow’. Although there is no doubt that the narcissus and primroses are beautiful and in full swing, there does seem to be a wide range of white blooms in the garden at the moment. Choosing just six has been rather a challenge but here are my six for this week.

One: Amelanchier lamarckii

Amelanchier is a real star of the spring garden. The white flowers last only a short time but create a wonderful cloud of fine bloom in the shrub garden. But it is not only the blooms that excel at this time of year but also the new copper foliage which looks lovely alongside the white flowers and the fresh green spring foliage of many other shrubs and trees.


Two: Plum

The first of the orchard trees to flower is the apricot but the plum is not far behind. When we planted the orchard 25 years ago we thought that it would be good to plant something with some local provenance. This variety is ‘Warwickshire Drooper’, a yellow egg plum with a beautiful wine plum flavour. Although now quite an old tree it still produces far more plums than we can cope with. It does make a wonderful jam.


Three: Thalia narcissus

One of our favourite narcissus is the delicate multi-headed white Thalia. Reliably returning each year they are always a pleasure and create a lovely show.


Four: Clematis armandii

One of our earliest flowering clematis in the garden, this fragrant armandii was originally planted to climb up a large eucalyptus which has now long since died. However it is a survivor and has now adopted a variegated Pittosporum that has grown up in its place over the last couple of years.


Five: Spirea thunbergii

We would not be without the long lasting, crisp white flowers of Spirea. They are an important part of the garden each year contrasting here with the yellow and green foliage of Euonymus fortunei Emerald ‘n’ Gold. The first of these is Spirea thunbergii (below) followed later in the year by the dramatic arching flowering stems of Spirea x arguta ‘Bridal wreath’ .


Six: Magnolia stellata

The magnolias this year have been spectacular. The blooms do not seem to have been damaged at all by frost or rain and have lasted much longer than in previous years. Last on my list of six but certainly not least.


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9 thoughts on “Six on Saturday in March – White”

  1. Your six whites are fabulous! And yes, I agree, March is mostly a yellow month and very welcome after a dull winter. I once had a Spirea x arguta ‘Bridal wreath’ and it was so pretty. In fact I love flowering shrubs, they offer a lot for little effort.

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  2. I love those Thalia daffodils! My March is mostly purples what with rosemary, grape hyacinths, violets and violas. The only yellow I have is forsythia, the daffodils are done.

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  3. A lovely white collection. I like the Amelanchier which I have seen on UK blogs before but it’s a plant pretty much unheard of in this country. I’d forgotten about Thalia narcissus, but you’ve reminded me to source some bulbs. It’s so pretty.

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  4. We call it blackthorn but it flowers white. I don’t see many berries, though. I have a 75 ft long fence on one side of the rear garden behind which are 75 feet of blackthorn. Lovely at this time of the year but, for me, the harbinger of a day with a hedgetrimmer as I hack the damned stuff back! Nice white six though.


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