End of Month Views: March 31, 2015

I am delighted to share a few photographs to show what it happening in my garden at the end of March. After a long, cold and damp winter, spring is here; perennials are leaping out of the ground, vines are reaching upward, and trees are turning green. Today the sun is out, it’s warm, and we are planning to eat al fresco on our screened porch. Color has come back to the garden.

Our side walkway, lined with Ipheion uniflorum ‘Wisley Blue:’


Deutzia gracilis ‘Chardonnay Pearls’ and Iris ‘Immortality:’

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Iberis sempervirens candytuft and Phlox sublata ‘Emerald Blue:’


Aucuba japonica ‘Mr. Goldstrike’ is covered with its tiny blossoms, no more than 1/4 inch wide. They are almost invisible from a distance:

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Yoshino cherry in full bloom:


Clockwise from upper left: Muscari armeniacum, Heucherella x ‘Sweet Tea,’ Euphorbia x martinii ‘Ascot Rainbow,’ and Dianthus x hybrida ‘Scent First Eternity’

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The pansies and violas have come back strong in the warmer weather and still provide a boost of color throughout the garden. It is going to be difficult to take them out and replace them with the summer annuals. I know. It must be done, but it hard to do when they look so nice.

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Thanks to Helen at The Patient Gardener’s Weblog for hosting an End of Month Review of our gardens. Please visit her site and see what is happening in her garden and others who are participating in this meme.

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in Stallings, NC with his wife, in close proximity to six of his eight grandchildren.
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13 Responses to End of Month Views: March 31, 2015

  1. mjarz says:

    Just lovely! Your garden looks so fresh. Thanks for sharing. The forsythia and magnolias are blooming here and the grass is starting to green up.


  2. Pauline says:

    Spring has certainly arrived in your garden, it is all looking so beautiful. Love your river of Ipheon running by your house and your cherry trees, they are so pretty!


  3. Helen Johnstone says:

    I have never seen an Aucuba in flower how fascinating. Thanks for joining in


    • johnvic8 says:

      Thank you, Helen. I appreciate your suggesting this idea…just look at all the followers. this year the aucuba seems to be flowering more than I have ever noted. Weather?


  4. Rebecca says:

    Your cherry tree is a really show-stopper! I’m sure passersby stop to stare at its magnificent blooms! I also love the look of your lush grass – it looks very inviting to lay out on a sunny day, or do cartwheels on, very much unlike our course Texas grass that is full of prickers and fire ants!

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  5. Your garden is so very neat and elegant, John. Lovely, even at this early hour of the year. What a difference a degree or two of latitude can make! Your cobalt pots with dark Violas make a lovely and eye-catching accent. I feel the same way when it is time to replace them with summer annuals, and look for a shady out of the way spot to plant them out and leave them to heat with a chance to survive as long as possible. We get another few weeks from them, and I don’t feel so badly about discarding them. Happy Easter! WG

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    • johnvic8 says:

      We are in the process of changing out the pots and it is an unhappy thing to pull out the pansies. The violas will be the last to go.

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      • It is that time… I believe our weather has settled in enough to begin bringing plants out of storage. The Geraniums will come out over the next few days 😉 Our Violas just recovered from the cold of winter. I hate to yank them out just yet-


  6. bittster says:

    Looks great! Funny that pansy season hasn’t even started here yet 🙂


    • johnvic8 says:

      Thanks so much. And we are in the process of trading out the pansies for summer annuals. I go through the same angst in the fall when we reverse the process.


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