Welcome to the big show! This time, for your viewing pleasure, we present March, so full of spring flowers that there will be an intermission for powdering noses, having a beverage, or just stretching your legs. So without further adeiu, and with a great big thank you toCarol at Maydreams
for sponsoring our event, let’s begin.
Above, helleborus orientalis ‘Blue Lady’, newly purchased.
Our only garden shot of this month’s photos, the rest will be macro for proper viewing, a display of hellebores and our early no name daffodils, great garden companions for late winter pizzazz.
The earliest blooming named daff, Jetfire.
A newcomer, fritillaria raddeana.
veronica ‘Georgia Blue’
Flowering quince , chaenomeles
The first time ever, a decent shot of the rosemary, blooming since December, but so difficult to capture that blue.
We have now come to the intermission. Go and attend to whatever needs doing, or hang around for the orchid section. These are repeats of previous bloom days displays, but they are still blooming so this will be their final showing. Maybe. Above, two vandas hanging from the bromeliad trellis.
Paphiopedilum ‘Onyx Fancy Cherry’
A second bud on this fellow was spotted today, yippee!
Paphiopedilum ‘Oriental Mystique’
, just showing signs of fading from its prime beauty.
And now to the feature, the viola beauty pageant. These are really the preliminaries, the real contest is held in May, with the self sown contestants vying for the crown of prettiest flower. We will begin with the lifetime achievement award going to the wild violet, whose genetic material makes possible the loveliness to follow. Well done, Ms. Violet, and thank you for your contribution to our delight.
We will be referring to the contestants by their Faire Garden monikers. Above, in the blue category, is Ariel.
Penelope, leading off the pink category.
Going to the yellows, we have Rita.
And for you purists, the palest yellow pansy, Charlotte.
Please feel free to place your votes for the flower you consider worthy of the title, ‘Fairest of the Faire’.
Thank you for your participation.
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