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    Double form Lenten rose (Helleborus orientalis) © Ita McCobb
  • Spring squill (Scilla verna) © Ita McCobb
  • Stinking iris/Gladstone/Roast-beef plant (Iris foetidissima ) © Jennifer Hope-Morley
  • Wild garlic (Ransoms) © Ita McCobb
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  • In the Garden this month
  • In Nature this month
Mulching
March is a good month to mulch borders and around young and newly planted trees and fruit trees. Spread a layer of organic material such as well-rotted manure or compost, leaf mould or wood chips. This helps to suppress weeds, retain moisture and can provide nutrients to the soil.
Dividing snowdrops
To increase Snowdrop plants; once they have finished flowering and are still in leaf, lift and divide them by gently pulling the clumps apart and replant at the same depth.
Bird boxes & bug houses
Clean up bird boxes and rehang them before the nesting season starts. Install a bug house to encourage pollinators to nest in your garden.Have fun constructing your own.
Flowers in fields, verges & woodland
There are sure to be many Spring flowers to see during this month, many of which will have come into flower early this year. Look out for Lesser celandine (Ficaria verna), wild Daffodil (Narcissus pseudonareissus), Sweet violet (Viola odorata) and Wood anemone (Anemone nemorosa) among others.
Flowers in moist
ground
In moist ground along riverbanks, ponds and ditches look out for the yellow flowers of the Marsh marigold (Caltha palustris) and those of Butterbur (Petascles hybridus).
Trees
A common sight in March are the catkins of the Goat willow (Salix caprea), more commonly known as Pussy willow. The male catkins are silver-grey turning yellow as they open and the females have green slightly spiky catkins. Ash trees (Fraxinus excelsior) usually flower this month with clusters of purple blooms that appear before the leaves. Look out also for the female flowers of Larch (Larix decidua) that are a pinkish red, sometimes called Larch roses.

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