Lions And Lambs – The March Garden #garden #dog

March comes in like a lion and goes out like a light or a lemming, or some such…

We certainly had our share of weather which held things back. No bad thing.

I cleared out the round bed where Vicky, our ancient tortoise roams in the summer months. She’s moving now, too and eating some wet bread to get her hydrated.

Having weeded it we planted some shrubs and aim to mulch it with bark chippings.

Then, over the up-coming Easter weekend its the spring prep of the lawn. This entails a low cut, scarifying, aerating, another cut, top dressing seeding and when the seed has germinated a rolling. We have the equipment (minus aerator that is due on Friday) and four tonnes of top dressing. As a tip to any British readers, if you want the best top dressing or top soil that I’ve come across try Pro-Grow the retail arm of Veolia, who are basically a refuse company who turn our garden waste into this beautiful material. Swoon.

It’s taken a while but things are really beginning to burst. The rose stellata magnolia is magnificent and the tulip about to explode. Our first cherry will follow shortly after. and we should be covered in blossom by mid April.

The fritillarias, the hellbores, the daffodils and the muscari (grape hyacinths) out in force. Other hyacinths are also coming on. The forget-me-nots have sprung to life too.

And Dog…?

He’s flying!

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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31 Responses to Lions And Lambs – The March Garden #garden #dog

  1. Norah says:

    I am always amazed by your garden. It is beautiful at any time of the year.


  2. Darlene says:

    Your garden is as close to perfect as possible. And dog is on course always, perfect!


  3. Ears looking at you, Dog! Glad you are digging the garden.


  4. noelleg44 says:

    A visit to your garden, Geoff, is always a bright part of my day. Overall, we are a little bit ahead of you here in terms of what’s blooming, but certainly not where I am living. Ours is the only yard with a little color (pansies that we planted recently). We are starting to mulch with the same stuff you use – the company building this community used pine straw to cover the solid clay. We have a lot to do!


  5. L.K. Latham says:

    It’s lovely! And a dog in a yard makes it perfect.


  6. Lovely photos, as always. I’m looking out mournfully over our yard with magnolias, pears, cherries, daffodils, and hyacinths in bloom, as well as hydrangeas, weigelias and several trees leafing out. We’re expecting three consecutive nights well below freezing – another hard freeze after weeks of warm that coaxed everything out into the open. Climate change sucks. :-/


  7. willowdot21 says:

    Absolutely blooming loverly 🦋💜

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  8. V.M.Sang says:

    Wonderful garden. I’m surprised your forgetmenots are out. Ours aren’t.

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  9. Erika says:

    it is so uplifting how everything has started blooming instantly. My garden is more and more filled with spring flowers and oh, that smell! Hi, Miss Vicky! Mr. Hercules is still asleep but not for long anymore.

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  10. KL Caley says:

    Your garden is just beautiful. Very inspiring. We took on an allotment last year (before lockdown, they are like hen’s teeth now I’m told) and it’s been a huge learning curve for us but it was so satisfying having the fruits (and veg) of our labour come summer. We are just starting the seedling process again and fingers crossed for even better results. KL ❤

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  11. Mary Smith says:

    Fabulous, Geoff. I’m always fascinated by the time lag between what blooms when in our respective gardens. The fritillaries are flowering now in mine but it will be a wee while before the hyacinths are. Tulips just about to open – one did today, the first day with real warmth to it.

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  12. Gorgeous! Dog, too!

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  13. You are my new Monty Don 😀

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  14. Jennie says:

    Your flowering tree has not only bloomed, but is dropping its petals? And it is the first of April? That tells me your late July and early August will be a scorcher. Your lawn and garden is gorgeous, Geoff. Keep the photos coming so I can drool and wish.

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  15. Widdershins says:

    A masterpiece of Spring gardenerhood. 😀

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