Garden Journal: April 2021

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.

Herbs Place 2021 at caftygardener.ca

Chippy comes out of its winter home and forages under the bird feeders.

Chippy out and about in April 2021 at craftygardener.ca
April 1, 2021

The crocus were still blooming at the beginning of the month.

crocus April 2021 at craftygardener.ca
April 5, 2021

The daffodils bloomed about a week earlier than usual with all the lovey weather.

April daffodils at craftygardener.ca
Daffodils on April 11, 2021
April daffodils at craftygardener.ca
April 11, 2021

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!

trillium April 2021 at craftygardener.ca
April 14, 2021

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.

hyacinth April 2021 at craftygardener.ca
April 18, 2021

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.

rhubarb April 2021 at craftygardener.ca
April 20, 2021

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.

April 21, 2021 and it is snowing at craftygardener.ca
April 21, 2021

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.

trillium April 2021 at craftygardener.ca
trillium April 28, 2021

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.

green growth in April 2021 at craftygardener.ca

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.

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garden line

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13 Responses

  1. Sarah

    Lovely to see all the plants appearing in your garden. I love your daffodils with the bright yellow centre and the pale outer petals. Your rhubarb looks fantastic we have been struggling to get any established. What a surprise to see more snow! Sarah x

    • Crafty Gardener

      Hi Sarah, we are looking forward to much nicer weather in May. The tulips are just starting to bloom. I’ll be out taking photos for the May update. Happy gardening,

  2. Linda

    It’s so nice to see your garden waking up Linda, all my bulbs have almost gone now but my bleeding hearts are looking lovely. We had no rain in April until this week, it’s turned really cold again with hailstones along with the showers. I’m pleased the snow didn’t last long! The trilliums are lovely, my hosta are putting in an appearance too, it’s like seeing old friends again.😊 Have a lovely weekend. x

  3. Jeannie

    Herb’s Place! I love it! If you don’t mind, I might steal your idea and use it in my soon-to-be new herb bed (if I can stop blogging and get back to digging).
    Jeannie@GetMeToTheCountry

    • Crafty Gardener

      Hi Jeannie, please do take my idea for Herb’s Place and set it up in your garden. Right now I’ve got the perennial herbs all set up, just need to get the annual ones but that won’t be be till towards the end of May. Happy gardening.

  4. Margie

    I think we always get one snowfall in April…luckily, the white stuff doesn’t stick around.

    Your flowers are so pretty! Looking forward to seeing your garden progress over the spring and summer.

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