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March Bloom Day

Miners Lettuce with Geranium Bill Wallis

It’s a wet March bloom day, with the plants looking a bit storm addled. Our first poppy of the year opened on Sunday, but now it’s curled back up, waiting for the sun. The Sisyrinchiums, Geranium ‘Bill Wallis,’ and a few other bloomers are also hunkered down with their petals closed up. A lot of plants have buds and look like they are waiting for the next sunny day to open everything.

Species Tulip, Tulipa saxatilis




Ninebark, Physocarpus capitatus

As always, my thanks to Carol at MayDreamsGardensfor hosting bloom day. Click over to see what over a hundred other bloggers have blooming in their gardens today.

I thought this might be early for the ninebark and late for our Hardenbergia, but looking back at last March’s bloom day, the garden seems to be on a remarkably similar schedule. The bloom list for this year is below.

Reasonably full bloom:

Geranium ‘Bill Wallis’
Fuchsia excorticata
Tulipa saxitilis
Narcissus (some are finished already)
Heuchera maxima
Sidalcea malviflora (1 of 3 plants in full bloom)
Ceanothus ‘Concha’
Galvezia speciosa
Creeping Rosemary
Miner’s Lettuce
Fragaria vesca
Fava Beans (planted a month earlier this year)

Light Bloom:

Sisyrinchium bellum
Dark Purple Bearded Iris
Fragaria chiloensis
Salvia mellifera “Green Carpet”
Ceanothus Carmel Creeper
Coastal California Poppy (1 bloom so far)
Ribes viburnifolium
Ribes ‘White Icicle’ (finishing)
Ribes sanguineum (starting up)
Fuchsia ‘Gartenmeister Bonstadt’
Orange Canna
Heuchera hybrid
Culinary Rosemary
Dicentra formosa (1 cluster opening)
Tellima grandiflora (a few flowers opened, but mostly buds)
Salvia mellifera (a few flowers opened, but mostly buds)
Oxalis oregana (3 flowers)
Coreopsis gigantea (some old flowers and new buds)

10 Responses to “March Bloom Day”

  1. March 15th, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Megan says:

    Great blooms! I’m a little envious of your blooming now list 🙂 It was a struggle to find flowers in our garden this month.

  2. March 15th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Gayle Madwin says:

    I really like that first picture of the miner’s lettuce with geraniums.

  3. March 15th, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    lostlandscape (James) says:

    We’re dry down here but I’m glad you’re getting some moisture. Down here we’re definitely a little ahead of you. Some of the plants on your list as in bud are nearly done with their season down here, others are looking great and peaking. I’ll second Gayle’s comments about the miner’s lettuce with the geraniums–The relative huge scale of the miner’s lettuce looks really cool with the much more delicate geranium.

  4. March 15th, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    ryan says:

    Megan Don’t be fooled by the length of the list, a lot of those plants have very few flowers. A much longer list would be the plants that need cutting back, cleaning up, or other maintenance.

    Gayle I like both of those plants a lot and I’m glad we let them mix into the vegetable garden.

    James Your garden generally seems a month or a month and a half ahead. You have plants at peak that I would be surprised to see in full bloom up here.

  5. March 16th, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Town Mouse says:

    Amazing, that list. I know most of those plants, and in my shady paradise they’re not even budding out. Thanks for the pictures, and happy bloom day!

  6. March 16th, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Melissa says:

    I love the pictures. And that bloom list is so big.

  7. March 16th, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Isabelle says:

    That geranium is quite invasive here but I love it.
    Glad to meet you through GBBD.
    Greetings from Belgium !

  8. March 17th, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Dirty Girl Gardening says:

    hardenbergia is such a fantastic plant… they grow so well and flower all the time. love it.

  9. March 17th, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Chandramouli says:

    That’s a wonderful GBBD post, with riotous colors!

  10. March 17th, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    ryan says:

    Thanks everyone. The list is more impressive than the actual flowers, but it is interesting to make the record of what’s blooming.

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