The Garden in March 2017


IMG_6214A view across the garden last Sunday evening

March has (mostly) been warmer than usual.  Weekend temperatures soared into the high teens, a welcome reprieve after the inclement weather of late.

The garden looked quite different in early March:


IMG_6042The miniature daffodils were smiling ahead of schedule.

Crocuses were in full bloom:


Pompom Primula greeted each other after months of hibernation:


I waited patiently for my Tulips to flower:



and for pots full of Daffodils to emerge:


I am overcome with delight as I sniff their Divine fragrance.


I have looked at last years photographs, and I think this years growth is around six weeks ahead!


Bleeding Heart

Bleeding Heart would not normally be in bloom until May.

You may remember last November’s post A Pond No More. Well, I have good news; I have been able to create a miniature version of the old…

Here is the hole in the ground, after removal of the old pond liner:


And here is my new smaller pond, which is lined with half of the remnants of the old heavy duty liner ( the old liner had a hole almost dead centre).


It is somewhat shallower.  However, I hope to provide a welcome habitat for insects and other wild life; I would love to attract a few frogs!

I have begun landscaping with some bright Red flowered Persicaria, and dark Aubergine leaved Astilbe which will soon blossom with deep Purple feathery fronds.  I have yet to move three different varieties of candelabra Primula -pale Pink, Orange and Cerise.


The beginnings of my landscaping, with bog wood sculpture of a flying wild goose.

On Sunday afternoon, I sat out in my bright Pink garden chair, meditating across the muddied waters.  In a day or two it will be clear, and hopefully teeming with new life…

Happy Gardening.

Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from debilitating illness.



  1. Jumped over from the Senior Salon
    Lovely. We are just getting a few forsythias turning from bud to early bloom, but the flowers haven’t begun to appear just yet – haven’t even seen my first daffodil. March here has been wintery – snow, even – and a lot of freezing rain, so everything is delayed.

    I’ve never been a gardener – but since I’ve always rented and rarely had a yard, that hasn’t turned out to be such a bad thing. I might otherwise have been quite disgruntled at not having a garden to tend. It would have saddened my mother greatly – she loved gardening. I always appreciate the gardens of others, however, so thank you for sharing yours (and your cute little pond replacement).

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  2. Yes, our garden has woken up and is full of spring bulbs flowering, the forsythia is ablaze despite pruning it to within an inch of its life last autumn! I sat outside on a beautiful day last week and it was so uplifting to have the warmth of the sun on my face and look at the colours emerging in the borders and on the trees, all to the serenade of a very busy robin, my favourite bird. The pair of them were in the garden yesterday collecting nesting materials as was a female blackbird who was going back and forth all day long. Lovely photos, 😊

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  3. Everything is blooming way ahead of schedule this year. I love gardens and your is chock full of beautiful plants. Do you have a bench somewhere in the middle where you can sit and write or draw? 🙂

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  4. Your garden is looking great, Brigid. It was a beautiful spring weekend here in Wales as well, although it seems to be back to winter today. I’m not a gardener, but I do enjoy sitting in ours and listening to the birds. I’ve still not quite had the courage to get out the cushions for the garden furniture, though.

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  5. I’m late to the party…but so glad I found your post. It’s wonderful to be able to share you are shaping your garden and are already cultivating such rich results. I am, however, concerned about how much warmer your temperatures are than they should be at this time of the year. The pictures are absolutely lovely; you must be loving each and every bloom that emerges. I do wonder how you are able to do so much gardening in spite of your fibromyalgia because I know what a toll gardening takes on me and I don’t have fibromyalgia!

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    • Thank you. The garden is designed for low maintenance. I have gravel paths with no grass and I plant perennials and shrubs close together to avoid as many weeds as I can. I am able to keep it nice if we get lots of fine weather when I can do little bits at a time. I love being out doors so Nature is a great healer for me. 😊


  6. Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden. I do so miss the spring flowers and being able share the glory of your garden heralding the Spring. Good to have a pond, water is so uplifting. Gardening is very healing and the colours and perfumes of the plants all add to the self-healing process.

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  7. Love the flying goose Brigid, very Canadian. 😉 It did my heart good to take a tour of your garden… I have a bigger garden back in Canada & loved doing the daily rounds… Coffee in hand … To see what had grown since the previous day.

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  8. Hello Brigid,
    I can sense your joy and excitement with your blooming garden now it’s spring up there. Enjoy your lovely flowers and garden 🌹🌷

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  9. I know your taking it easy on the ole blogging front.. but can you post pics of your garden in june i am looking for inspiration and i just love your garden. I have a bleeding heart too but i covered with other plants…eek. i had a gardener in and he comes back tomortow. Everyone says he took too much, if i cant negotiate him down then i will have get into gear with gardening .. but the did a lot the hard work for me and i have some more hard work tomorrow..after which i think i can manage.. and may be then i might take photos of my garden…right now not much to show..but may be i should take photo of my hot poker before it goes a bit..

    Anyway would to see your garden in june if possible and if health allows

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