April is the month when growth really starts happening in the garden. The weather has been lovely this month, warmer than usual, so I was able to spend a lot of time outside.
One area I’ve been working on is Herb’s Place. It is a reclaimed area of the garden that used to be under a set of deck stairs, but when they got moved, it became a spot I could use. However the ground was so compacted and stone filled that I added lots of bottomless pots and tubs from my plant tables.
Chippy comes out of its winter home and forages under the bird feeders.
The crocus were still blooming at the beginning of the month.
The daffodils bloomed about a week earlier than usual with all the lovey weather.
We had much needed rain on April 11 & 12 and then again on the 15th. Everything greened up after that. Almost time to get the lawn mower out!
The trillium have been poking through the ground. They aren’t in a pot but a remembe-ring that I made several years ago to make where plants are in the garden. These are just the top parts of plastic pots and containers that I have cut off. I have a tendency to think I remember where plants grow, but in reality I don’t. So these rings help me remember.
The hyacinths smell wonderful and in honour of a favourite British tv show, I have the hyacinths in front of Mr. Bucket — oops Mr. Bouquet.
The rhubarb is coming along nicely and promises to have a good crop as always.
Then along came April 21, 2021 … and with it spring snow! It was a bit of a shock to the system. The daffodils and hyacinths and plants that had shown wonderful growth were all covered in wet snow. The best part was, it wasn’t going to last much more than a day.
The last few days of the month were very rainy, I think April was trying to get all the showers in before it was time to leave.
The rains made the trillium blooms open up, the hostas poke even more through the ground, the grass get longer and longer and the buds open upon some of the shrubs and trees.
Going green was the theme for April – stonecrop, bleeding hearts, bloody dock, ferns, mullein, lovage and roses. And of course there is that bit of yellow with the dandelion.
I’m sharing these views of the garden with Through my Garden Gate.