Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: The Ides of March 2016

Today is the Ides of March and also the monthly Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, sponsored by Carol at May Dreams Garden. She invites her readers to share what is blooming in their gardens on the 15th of each month, and I’m glad to join in.

The warm weather we have been experiencing here in the Charlotte area has kick started the flowering plants in the garden, and many seem to be off to a head start. Ipheion uniflorum ‘Wisley Blue’ leads the pack now creating a grand display alongside the sunny pathway on the side of our house. Ipheion blooms early each year and is a prodigious multiplier.


Ipheion uniforum ‘Wisley Blue’

I tried planting tulips in beds and in pots this year for the first time in this garden, and so far I’m pleased with the results. Many more are poking up around the garden. At lower right newly planted pink ranunculus makes a pleasant contrast with the lavender violas.

The hellebores and ‘Tete-a-Tete’ daffodils continue to be full, and we now see the first blooms of muscari and creeping veronica ‘Georgia Blue.’

Camellia japonica  ‘Debutante’ has almost finished blooming; it lost far too many blooms this winter to the frost. ‘Governor Mouton’ was kind enough to wait out the frosty weather and is now loaded down with blooms.

Pansies and violas are perking up finally (just in time to be replaced by summer annuals???), loropetalum is starting to bloom, and I just planted some bright osteospermum ‘Voltage Yellow’ (a summer annual, of course, I couldn’t wait). I just hope it will look this bright throughout the summer.

And finally the old reliable candytuft only seems to get better and better as spring approaches.


Please visit May Dreams Garden and see what Carol and others are sharing this day.

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 a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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27 Responses to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: The Ides of March 2016

  1. Your garden is gorgeous and you’re definitely much farther ahead than we are up here in the DC area. My husband retired from the military this past summer so this should be the summer I finally start to plant in a house I’ll be in for a while but as happens in life, it looks like the next job is going to require another move. Perhaps next summer will be my year to finally figure out what grows from year to year! In the meantime, thanks for sharing your beautiful blooms!


  2. Susi Lovell says:

    How absolutely delicious! We just have the last very dirty remains of snow and about an inch-and-a-half of daffodil spikes. But at least they’re coming up – quite early for us. I love that Wisley Blue.


  3. Amy says:

    Beautiful garden, John! Thank you so much for sharing. Love the Wisley Blue. 🙂


  4. Cathy says:

    Your garden is looking fabulous John! You have so much colour early in the season, and not just from bulbs too.


  5. Your walkway garden is stunning John and it is wonderful to see so many flowers blooming in March.It has been a very unpredictable winter but it looks like spring is full speed ahead for you. Happy Bloom Day!


  6. That first picture makes me want to stroll along the path that I bet would take me into the depths of your garden. Simply lovely. Happy GBBD.


  7. Nell Jean says:

    All the pretties of Spring. Debutante used to bloom at the end of the next-door neighbor’s house, a lovely view from my window that overlooked it. You can’t beat Candytuft. After I finished my Bloom Day post, I discovered a white Gerbera Daisy and Candytuft blooming together –the best things are always the ones you overlooked first time around.

    I’ve tried chilled Tulips in the ground, and in pots indoors. Maybe next year I’ll sink some pots; yours look so tempting.


  8. Tina says:

    A beautiful March garden! The Ipheion is lovely as a border to the walkway.


  9. Linnae says:

    Your beautiful garden gave me a lift today, as it hailed and snowed outside! Thanks for sharing it.


  10. Christina says:

    Ipheion uniflorum ‘Wisley Blue’ is simply stunning John, what doe sit do in summer, does it die back?


  11. Haylee says:

    Gorgeous, all of them! I love Spring blooms – candytuft always reminds me of my grandparents as they have a huge swathe of it outside their house 🙂


  12. My favorite: hellebore. Maybe because I love the name.


  13. Looks so summery and colorful!


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