April Arrives

We are marching right into April so it is time to spring-i-fy things.   Even though it’s not planting time there is some decorating and maintenance work that needs doing  in various places in the garden.  Here’s 5 things I’ve been working on.

the upside down bumbershoot display at craftygardener.ca

It was time to do away with the greenery baskets that are getting brown and put up the bumbershoot displays. I made these umbrella displays a couple of years ago using items from the dollar store and some ribbon.  I have one on each side of the garage door to fit in with the April showers theme for spring.  The spring garden flags are up as well.

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Next comes the boot planters that were made from an old pair of kiddie boots from the thrift store and some spring blooms from the dollar store.

I’ve been doing a bit of repair on the birdhouses for the third thing.  Those darn blackbirds and squirrels will gnaw away at the openings till they get bigger.  The wren house had a new face plate fitted (made of metal and bought at our local bird store) to keep the size just right for the wrens, who haven’t returned yet.  The used-to-be-white sparrow house needs a repair too.  That is next on the list of spring projects.  I’m not sure if it is beyond repair and just might get turned into a mason bee home.

repairing birdhouses at craftygardener.ca

Nesting time is here so the little hangers filled with odd bits of yarn from my crafting projects have been hanging outside for a couple of weeks.  This provides bits for the birds to add to their nests.  Over the season quite a bit gets taken from this little birdcage and basket.  The centre photo below shows that the birds do use the yarn.  That photo was taken a couple of years ago and this is a bird house that is undergoing repair.

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A job that needs doing every spring is the raking away of leaves that get the run off stream and under and around some of the plants.  Over the winter they provide some protection for the plants and as they are gently raked away some nice spring plants are poking through.  This fifth job will be ongoing for awhile.

new growth in March at craftygardener.ca

What spring jobs are you doing in the garden?

I’m sharing with Five on Friday and Mosaic Monday.

The weather doesn’t have a spring feel to it as winter just doesn’t want to give up.  A big, nasty system has been moving through overnight with a mixture of snow, ice pellets followed by lots of rain.  March arrived like a lion and left like a lion.  Fingers crossed this is the last of this type of weather for a long time.

On the computer side I’ve had a new theme installed for my site so I’m slowly learning where to make all the adjustments.  Some things might look a bit wonky at times but eventually it should all be fine.  Let me know if things look really bad or it is hard to read and I’ll try and fix it.  After all the site is done with visitors in mind and if it doesn’t work for you, then you might not come back.

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  1. Beautiful! I love the idea of the wellington boots with the plants in. Such a unique idea! I might just have to pinch it. Not much doing in the garden right now. It’s been raining most of the week – hoping the sun comes soon. I need to sort out the old beds before I can even think about planting anything.

    Happy Five on Friday

  2. Kea

    OMC, I love those umbrellas and the thrift store boots. I might have to steal those ideas; awesome!

    BTW, what a brilliant idea to give the birds access to your bits of leftover yarn!

    • Have fun creating if you decide to make the umbrella and boot display. The birds love the bits of yarn and it is fun when you can see some colour in their nests. It’s a rainy day for the end of March, stay dry and warm.

  3. I have always loved the boot planters, don’t know why I haven’t made them myself. Here I would have to get Dana totake me to one.
    I also like your Umbrella displays too. We have a dusting of snow and not going away yet.

  4. I took some of my scrappy bits of yarn to the cottage, and hung them on some branches…
    The Orioles really love it!
    Crap weather here…hope April is kinder to us!
    Linda :o)
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  5. Hi Linda, wow, have you been busy! I love all your decorating ideas. As Kea says I may steal them too.
    Wasn’t that awful this morning to wake up to the cold and rain? I hear bu Sunday we are to be nice again.
    Have a good weekend!

  6. Wonderful spring preps, and decorating! I need to check the birdhouse we have…I don’t know if it needs cleaning. Maybe it will get used this season.

  7. riitta k

    Wonderful spring decorations, I think I could try that umbrella thing! Spring is the best season – wishing you a lovely weekend Linda in your garden ecstasy!

  8. Love the idea of turning the boots into planters and reading about all your spring touches. Great idea to help out the birds with some extra nesting material. We need to rake away old leaves around here as well (waiting for warmer, drier weather though). I did notice my lilies from last year are making a comeback which made me very happy. Hope you are enjoying your weekend!
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  9. What a welcome Spring gets at your house Linda – the umbrellas are a fun touch.
    If I was a bird I would live happily in your garden!
    Pretty nesting houses and a great variety of nest building materials at hand – I will try to remember to make a ‘nest gathering’ hanger available for my birds come Spring Down-under.
    I’m sure the birds are watching your maintenance work with great interest! A beautiful post.

  10. You have some fun ideas here. I’ve never thought of leaving out nesting material for the birds. That’s a nice idea. Great mosaics. Today I mowed the lawn for the first time this year. Now it will become a weekly chore. Hope you have a great week.

  11. Margie

    Your umbrella displays and boot planters are utterly charming! I tried to take a stroll outside today, but only lasted for 10 minutes in the chilly temperatures (and I was still wearing my winter coat!).

  12. You’ve certainly been busy and creative with your outside chores this month. The umbrellas and wellies add a touch of whimsy and your birdhouses are delightful. We have crows/ravens nesting in one of our closed off chimneys. Last year we had a chimney fire because of their activity but they won’t be doing it this year!
    Have a great week.

  13. I am so looking forward to some spring weather. It’s here for a day or two then its back to winter. It’s too cold to start my garden planting so I’m working on the deck pots for now. I put in some lettuce seeds and uncovered my rhubarb and dahlias to let them warm and sprout. The rhubarb made it through the colder than normal winter fine (and my splitting and re-potting last fall), but no life yet showing on the dahlias. If they didn’t survive the containers will get reused for pickling cucumbers. I want to grow more of those this year. I saw a mason bee yesterday, but it wasn’t one from my nesting blocks. They are all still intact. I’ve got them out facing the sun (when it comes out) to encourage hatching. This is my first year trying so am hopeful I all will go well. – Margy
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