Gardening Magazine

The Promise of Things to Come

By Jules
March is definitely one of my favorite gardening months. Not only do the days visibly get longer (remember just a few weeks ago when it was dark at 5pm?) but the garden is positively burgeoning with the potential of what the year will bring. 
The Conference pear tree, despite a severe pruning in November, looks to be promising a good harvest for 2012. This one is a small specimen tree that I hemmed in quite tightly with two raised beds back in 2009. Thankfully it doesn't seem to be holding that against me and is a regular and prolific producer of lovely big juicy pears that are perfect for my tarte tatin recipe.
The promise of things to come
Bursting into leaf already is a lovely Hydrangea anomala subsp petiolaris - the climbing hydrangea. Situated on the north facing fence, it grows incredibly well and produces huge attractive flowerheads each year. Even during the winter when all the laves have fallen, this plant manages to look appealing with its red/brown peeling bark and framework of stems. Last spring it took a bit of a battering when the chickens took a fancy to the leaves and totally stripped the lower third - basically to the height that they could jump...
The promise of things to come
The old March favorite - Forsythia x intermedia - is just coming into its sunny yellow best. This much maligned spring-flowering shrub is harshly judged by many for being brash and ubiquitous, but I think they're two of its best features. These shrubs add such an injection of vibrancy into the garden at a time when signs of life are much needed. Bring it on, I say.
My forsythia is a fairly old specimen judging by the thick woody basal stems. In June last year I embarked on a rejuvenation pruning plan - the eventual aim being to remove most of the thick old stems as far down as possible to encourage new flower carrying growth. As advised in many books, I'm doing it over a three year period - one third of old stems being removed each year.
The promise of things to come
The promise of things to come
And lastly, the ornamental quince (Chaenomoles spp, possibly japonica) that seems to be throwing up more and more suckers every year. It blossomed in early Feb and was then hit by the snow and below-freezing temps. But since then it's rallied with even more blossoms - in a gorgeous rich shade of red - quickly followed by small shiny leaves. I usually get between 2 and 4 small fruit from this most years, which I tend to chop small and add to any jam I happen to be making. Judging by the  number of flowers on it, maybe I'll have enough for a small pot of quince jam this year.
The promise of things to come
BTW: for those who have noticed the time of this post - I'm not suffering with insomnia, I'm just in a different time zone currently...

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • You Belong: Shawn Austin Interview

    Belong: Shawn Austin Interview

    We caught up with Shawn Austin at the SiriusXM Canada offices in Toronto on a busy media day for the Vancouver singer and sat down to talk about his career and... Read more

    The 16 October 2018 by   Phjoshua
  • Mattel Introduces Doctor Who Barbie

    Mattel Introduces Doctor Barbie

    Most of what I’ve seen from Mattel recently has been underwhelming. However, the announcement of their newest doll, the 13th Doctor based on the long running... Read more

    The 16 October 2018 by   Ashley Brooke, Kewpie83
  • UNIBEN Admission List Out – 2018/2019

    UNIBEN Admission List for the 2018/2019 academic session is now out on the school portal. All candidates who applied for admission in the university are hereby... Read more

    The 16 October 2018 by   Naijapary
  • Doll Shows 101: Etiquette

    Doll Shows 101: Etiquette

    For a doll collector, attending a doll show can be as exciting as stepping through the gates of Walt Disney World. Even the most narrowed minded collector is... Read more

    The 16 October 2018 by   Ashley Brooke, Kewpie83
  • Neanderthal Cave Art is Fake News?

    Life in a Neanderthal cave was surprisingly human. They built structures, created jewellery, and cared for each other. To top it all of, we recently learnt... Read more

    The 16 October 2018 by   Reprieve
  • Is the Tide Turning in Australian Dietary Advice?

    Tide Turning Australian Dietary Advice?

    Has the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) had a change of heart? Just last month, we reported that the DAA was heavily influenced by sponsorships ... Read more

    The 16 October 2018 by   Dietdoctor
  • Yahoo Boy On The Run After Chopping off Old Man’s Head and Manhood in Benin...

    Yahoo After Chopping Man’s Head Manhood Benin (Graphic Photos)

    A Yahoo Boy identified as Bino has disappeared into the thin air after beheading a man for ritual purpose in Ayogwiri community Benin . Read more

    The 16 October 2018 by   Naijapary