My Donegal Garden – Tulips Singing “I Will Survive!”
My Tulips have been singing “I will survive” for much of March as storms, heavy rain and hail lashed these shores.
I am happy to report there have been very few floral casualties!
My coral varieties – Van Eijk, Toronto and Mystic Van Eijk, are still emerging and doing well.
However, the purple shades of Candy Prince, Purple Prince and Flaming Flag are a little further behind:
Hyacinths are providing a glorious scent in shades of Pink and Yellow:
The early Daffodils are now over:
While later varieties are still in bloom:
Cerise Pompom Primula are emerging among the Lenten Hellebore. I have many happy memories of adding them to Easter posies as a child:
I managed to prune my Roses in early March, before the storms arrived.
Some just needed a little tidy, and removal of dead wood:
While others needed a major haircut, like the before and after shot below, where I put all my cuttings into the soil around the mummy plant, to provide a nice large shrub in the not too distant future.
If you trim each branch to just above a leaf node, and make a slanting cut (to keep the rain water away from the emerging bud) it will be very happy.
In early March, I gave all my Roses their first of three nutritional feeds of the year. In the past I have used seaweed and organic compost, but I now prefer a specialised rose food, which has all the nutrients needed for optimum growth and flowering.
They seem stronger and happier with this new meal plan.
If you enjoyed this post, you might also like to read my earlier monthly gardening posts.
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.
She lives in Donegal, Ireland – an area of outstanding natural beauty