"April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go."
The title of this post, April Flowers, August Temperatures, is a headline on the front page of today's Pocono Record. The temperature hit 90 degrees and it was too hot to work in the garden in the middle of the day. Although not a record, believe me, this is NOT normal April weather for these parts.
The past few weeks, I spent a couple of hours gardening each nice-weather day and I am pleased with the progress made. I have cleaned up each flower bed, cut back ornamental grasses and perennials, and I am keeping ahead of the weeds. I pruned the roses. I gave my numerous vines a lot of attention: tidying climbing rose, clematis, and honeysuckle vines where needed. I removed dead wood and suckers from trees and shrubs. There are still loads to do, but it IS only the beginning of April, even if it feels like summer.
The morning walks around my gardens reveal new surprises every day ...
I love the delicate blossoms of the andromeda. The deer find this shrub unappealing - a plus.
My friend, Karen, gave me many lungworts. I love the way they have flowers of several colors on one plant.
I planted lungwort in all corners of my garden. Here you can see it in one of the foundation beds. The daffodils are making a good show against the picket fence ...
Another beautiful hellebore was in bloom today -- a lady in her pink Easter bonnet ...
Of course, the forsythia is wearing her best yellow dress. This shrub is very old and doesn't get full sun (it's behind the stockade fence), but it still performs quite well.
The grape hyacinths are just making an appearance ...
In the vegetable garden, the rhubarb and the chives are most prominent.
Can you see the tufts of green among the dried leaves? The bluebells are coming up in the woodland garden. Hurrah!
Enjoy the springtime, dear gardening friends! It is my favorite season. What is yours?
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