Monthly Archives: March 2016

March posie

Blossom posie step by step in March: Cutting hellebore flowers - Helleborus x hybridus 'Ashwood Garden Hybrids - © Nicola Stocken/GAP Photos

Blossom posie step by step in March: Cutting hellebore flowers – Helleborus x hybridus ‘Ashwood Garden Hybrids – © Nicola Stocken/GAP Photos

Come spring, and the hedgerows awake with blackthorn and cherry plum blossom, both with a short vase life, but easily replaced. Not so hellebores which can last a few days indoors. However, some picked hellebores wilt, so try plunging the stems into boiling water for a minute prior to arranging, as well as pricking the stems just behind the flower head. But if they still wilt, pick the heads alone and float them on water in a broad, shallow bowl. A beautiful posie can be picked, arranged and placed within five minutes, but the art of arranging takes practice. So, in the early days, it’s worth picking a good selection of different blooms, with more of each than needed so that there’s ample material to experiment with. Taking the same flowers, try arranging in different ways with differing proportions of each bloom, and seeing which pairings are most pleasing. Think in terms of contrasts in form — rounded versus spiky, or fluffy versus solid. When it comes to colours, these can harmonise or contrast with seemingly clashing colours often creating striking blends.

Blossom posie step by step in March. Completed posie of pink cherry blossom, white blackthorn, stems of flowering quince, pink and white cyclamen, cream and pink hellebores. Prunus cerasifera, Prunus spinosa, Helleborus x hybridus 'Ashwood Garden Hybrids, Chaenomeles x superba 'Pink Lady' and Cyclamen coum - © Nicola Stocken/GAP Photos

Blossom posie step by step in March. Completed posie of pink cherry blossom, white blackthorn, stems of flowering quince, pink and white cyclamen, cream and pink hellebores. Prunus cerasifera, Prunus spinosa, Helleborus x hybridus ‘Ashwood Garden Hybrids, Chaenomeles x superba ‘Pink Lady’ and Cyclamen coum – © Nicola Stocken/GAP Photos

In March, a flower gatherer is spoiled for choice in both garden and hedgerows with pink and white flowers such as Hellebores (Helleborus x hybridus ‘Ashwood Garden Hybrids), cherry plum blossom (Prunus cerasifera), blackthorn blossom (Prunus spinosa), Japanese flowering quince (Chaenomeles x superba ‘Pink Lady’), cyclamen (Cyclamen coum).

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Imig-Gerold Garden

Tulipa, Lunaria annua and Malus 'Red Dentinel' - Imig-Gerold Garden - © Elke Borkowski/GAP Photos

Tulipa, Lunaria annua and Malus ‘Red Dentinel’ – Imig-Gerold Garden – © Elke Borkowski/GAP Photos

Fantastic spring garden, designed by a mother and daughter, Elisabeth Imig and Silke Gerold.

Tulipa, Lunaria annua and Brunnera macrophylla - Imig-Gerold Garden - © Elke Borkowski/GAP Photos

Tulipa, Lunaria annua and Brunnera macrophylla – Imig-Gerold Garden – © Elke Borkowski/GAP Photos

This 3000 square metre garden surrounds a typical German farmhouse and was started 40 years ago. There are several garden rooms, all very well maintained by a mother and daughter who are keen gardeners. There is a vegetable garden, nice trees and shrubs, a pond and more than 100 different roses are flowering in summer.

Wooden reclining seat on lawn, beds of Tulipa and other bulbs - Imig-Gerold Garden - © Elke Borkowski/GAP Photos

Wooden reclining seat on lawn, beds of Tulipa and other bulbs – Imig-Gerold Garden – © Elke Borkowski/GAP Photos

Spring is a highlight in this garden, thousands of bulbs have been planted as tulips, alliums, daffodils and fritillarias combined with flowering crab apples and other spring flowering shrubs. A lovely cherry tree gives shade to a circular bench in back garden, there are hidden seating areas and spring containers planted throughout the garden.

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Cloud Cottage

Cherry tree in blossom over which arches the pond in the Japanese garden at Cloud cottage - © Lee Avison/GAP Photos

Cherry tree in blossom over which arches the pond in the Japanese garden at Cloud cottage – © Lee Avison/GAP Photos

Robert Lomas’ 1¼-acre arboretum and rhododendron garden on the site of a victorian slate mine. Seven hundred and fifty feet up on side of hill in the Peak District National Park with a bluebell wood above the house and garden. There are collections of conifers, most over 40yrs old. Species and hybrid rhododendrons and a wide variety of shrubs. A lovely Japanese inspired garden with cherry tree. The garden is fed by a stream and their are six ponds and arched wooden bridges.

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