Many months of the year seem to have an associated colour. For me March is definately a yellow month full of bright daffodils and pale primroses in the hedgerows. However whilst wandering around the garden this week it struck me that there are also many blue flowers in the beds and containers. In many ways it is this colour contrast that brings the garden to life.
My Six-on-Saturday for this week highlights a number of purple-blue and pure blue flowers which I’ve spotted around the garden. They range in size enormously from the relatively small to larger in-your-face blooms but all have their place with many surviving the long winter and returning fresh in spring each year.
Planted in the autumn, these violas have been quietly flowering for most of the winter. As the days grow warmer the plants are now developing further and beginning to develop their spring show.
These tiny blue flowered bulbs seem to be settling into specific parts the garden. They seem to like what I would term ‘the woodland edge’ at the base of our deciduous hedges and at the edges of the woodland copse. Much like the primroses, which like the same conditions, they die back in the summer when they would have to compete with other more luxuriant vegetation and quietly and reliably emerge again in early March.
These blue chionodoxa sit very beautifully with the pale yellow of the primroses.
Now for something completely different. Planted in colourful pots of compost last autumn, these hyacinths were overwintered in a cool greenhouse to give them that little bit of extra protection. They are now coming into their own and provide a lovely scent as you walk across the patio.
4. Pulmonaria (variety long forgotten!)
This blue variety was probably planted by us over 20 years ago and it returns reliably every year. It is not a large, spectacular or showy plant but I always notice it in the flower bed at this time of year. It is charming how the blue and pink flowers exist together on the same plant. The flowers open pink and then soon change to blue. The foliage which is covered in small white dots is also an interesting characteristic of this genus.
5. Periwinkle (Vinca major)
Some might call this a weed but it does make wonderful ground cover in some quite challenging parts of the garden. For me the good looking pure blue flowers are well worth their place.
6. Crocus ‘Victor Hugo’
Crocus naturalise very freely in the grass here and can provide a surprisingly long period of interest if you plant a range of colours. For us the yellow crocus seem to appear first followd by the purples and whites. We seem to have much more success by planting them in the grass at the base of trees where they can remain undisurbed. In the flower beds I find I am always digging them up as I clear and weed throughout the year.
We also enjoy them in small patio containers close to the house to provide early spring colour. This variety, Victor Hugo, has been particualrly successful this year.