April arrived with the blossoms of the weeping cherry; it departed as the dwarf redbud tree came into bloom. A pretty month full of the miracle of new life. As I strolled through my gardens each morning, every day was one of discovery. I love spring so much.
|Snow fountain cherry Prunus x 'Snofozam' on April 1.|
|Weeping redbud 'Lavender Twist' today. Cercis Canadensis, the Eastern redbud, is native to this area.|
Although April was very wet ('April showers' were abundant), the sun didn't always make an appearance, and the temperatures were sometimes cool, I think most of my spring plants emerged no later than last year. As always, it was the month for hellebores, daffodils, forsythia, and fleeting, ephemeral beauties such as bloodroot.
|The hellebores have spread through the Woodland Walk.|
|Every one of my gardens has daffodils. My favorite today is the precious 'Tete-a-Tete' (shown in the middle on the right.)|
|The Daffodil Walk provides a happy greeting to our visitors. This year, when the plants die back, I must separate them.|
|Mr. Robin made his appearance early in the month; all the birdhouses are occupied now -- mainly with sparrows.|
|Bloodroot Sanguinaria canadensis in the Serenity Garden|
|Top: Fritillaria meleagris; bottom: budbreak on the crabapple tree.|
|Japanese andromeda Pieris japonica 'Mountain Fire.'|
Because of the rainy weather and some annoying health issues, I am way behind with my spring gardening chores. Usually, by now we have cleaned out all the beds and spread compost on them. Ironically my article for the local newspaper and for Penn State Extension's Home Gardening Newsletter this month was called 'Preparing Your Garden for Summer. You can read it HERE. I give ten essential spring tasks. Please do as I say, not as I do. The Serenity Garden, however, is ready for compost, the cottage garden is partly ready, and the Kitchen Garden not at all ready.
|Top: the Serenity Garden is ready for compost. Bottom left: Jacob's Ladder Polemonium yezoense 'Purple Rain'|
Usually, we wait until we have completed the composting before putting out the garden ornaments and art, but I couldn't resist displaying the adorable birdbath that our friend, Nancy, gave us. Nancy is moving to a new home without a garden; she donated a few lovely articles. This is my favorite.
|The main Cottage Garden bed with cute, concrete birdbath.|
Nancy also gave me some nice planters including one I placed in the Horseshoe Garden.
|My garden helper, Jonathan, and I prepared the Horseshoe Garden for compost.|
|A tidied-out foundation bed.|
|The Cottage Garden, with primroses and violets in bloom. It was ready, but weeds keep appearing. Must compost soon.|
In previous posts I mentioned that some shrubs were damaged by the weather this winter. I'm sorry to say that I lost a biota. We will remove both from the small rosebed and plant a couple of native shrubs that I hope will better survive the Pocono winters.
|One of the biotas (Thuja orientalis) is dead. The other has a lot of dead branches.|
You notice there are no pictures of the Kitchen Garden, nor Abundance. That's because I didn't prepare them yet. As I said, the weather wasn't conducive to gardening this month; neither was my health.
|It rained and rained.|
I did, however, organize my potting shed. You can't see them in this picture, but I have seedlings under grow lights on the potting bench.
|My sanctuary is ready for me to relax at the end of the day with a glass of wine and a vintage gardening book.|
For more April gardens visit Sarah's wonderful blog, Down by the Sea. Hard to believe that May arrives tomorrow. How was your April?
|Pansy Viola x wittrockiana|
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