I blinked and there it went–April!! It was over in a flash and I managed to finally get the gardens cleaned up except for the meadow. That just needs a quick brush up…but oh the garden has changed dramatically this April. I so love April for the slow changes the garden makes. After April the garden becomes a mad dash until the fall as far as chores and projects go especially when you are a weekend gardener.
As I write this post, a chorus of bird songs are drifting in through the window with a warm breeze and smells of the garden….grass mixed with daffs and hyacinths. I catch glimpses of activity out of the corner of my eye as the nesting bluebirds feed frequently on the insect delicacies that abound now. Pollinators awoke late this April and I caught a glimpse of a Cabbage White in the meadow a few days ago. And as usual the hummingbird feeder sits quietly waiting for those precious loves to come back to the garden.
I will be checking in with other gardeners and their memes to see what is happening around the world as April ends: Garden Bloggers Harvest Day (GBHD)@The Gardening Blog on the 5th, Salad Days@Veg Plotting on the 4th Friday of the month and End of Month View with Helen@The Patient Gardener’s Weblog.
April had an iffy start with a foot of snow. On April 2nd (see picture above) we had bone chilling cold and nasty winter conditions much like the middle of the country recently. April Fools, not at all. But what a difference a month makes as April brought a slow steady start to spring. The the weather warmed quickly from the 40s to the 50s and suddenly into the 70s.
And with the warm up, the smaller early bulbs faded, and all the daffs suddenly bloomed with the hyacinths. We had a few inches of rain in April but the last half has been more sunny than cloudy. With no leaves out yet, the sun has kept everything growing. And those wonderful blue skies have sported the moon in all its stages during the day and night.
May is predicted to be warm, almost hot, and very dry.
I guess the question really is what isn’t growing. I am having trouble keeping up with everything that is budding, leafing out and blooming.
Moving top left clockwise, Shooting Star is sporting flower buds as is Virginia bluebells. Bloodroot made a quick show and the trout lilies are blooming more this year in the meadow. Violets are everywhere and making wonderful drifts as a ground cover. Trilliums are just starting their blooming and the flower spikes of Allegheny spurge (center) or Pachysandra procumbens are beginning.
The front walk has evolved from iris reticulata to muscari, daffodils, hyacinths and my one and only low growing forsythia that blooms profusely.
You can see the grass is recovering but the vole tracks remain. And so much color dots the garden beds as the bulbs continue to show up. These shots were taken in evening as the sun lowered in the sky.
The white garden, next to the gazebo, is looking great as more blooms are popping up. Hyacinths, daffodils growing in, hardy English primrose, white muscari, white hellebores and Leucojum aestivum which I planted in several areas around the garden as well.
Lots of different daffs. Sorry I have lost the names, and some were just grab bags so I never had the names.
The blues and purples are everywhere in April. Muscari, brunnera, anemone blanda, scilla, Juno Iris and hyacinths.
And then the rest from bottom left clockwise: Species tulips (Tulipa turkestanica, unknown and Persian Pearl), Fritillaria meleagris and Fritillaria uva vulpis.
This is what happened to the grow bags I planted in the fall with kale, arugula, lettuces and carrots. They grew through the fall and then were covered with a white cloth row cover all winter. Frigid temps, almost 20 feet of snow and lots of wind bombarded the veggies. They looked like the top left picture when I took the cover off in late winter/early spring. And then in mid to late April they looked like the bottom two bags. Enough for me to make this yummy salad. And they are continuing to grow. I was excited that I have greens already as I just started the lettuces in the raised bed.
Oh and the seeds in the basement are growing like crazy. I will be planting flowers out soon and the veggies in mid to late May. Some tomato plants are almost 2 feet tall already.
Here’s the meadow blooming with daffodils and trout lilies this April.
Lots of birds continue to visit the garden. That’s Papa bluebird, top left, and Momma bluebird in the birdhouse. A sparrow family is nesting in the other bluebird house in the meadow. The hawk was perched on the edge of the meadow looking over his menu choices. The bird, bottom left, is a Northern Flicker. The frog is our first in the pond.
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The garden on April 30th close to dusk. A serene scene almost picture perfect. I hope you enjoy my poem about spring in April.
April SpringThe soul stirs under bright April skies, Raw and cold or warm sun with clouds rolling by. Rain pours down and pools throughout, Replenishing the soil and pushing worms out. Everywhere in the garden is the rush to grow, Fresh green foliage wrapped with bright colorful bows. More voices join daily in the garden’s song, With robin’s in day and peepers at sundown. And my heart quickens its beat on this glorious stage, As April moves to May and writes a new page.
Next up on the blog: Next Monday will be Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day and I am sure the garden will be in high gear rushing to add more blooms. I wonder what will show itself. There is one more seed giveaway in May so stay tuned.
I will be linking in with Michelle@Rambling Woods for her Nature Notes meme. It is a great way to see what is happening in nature around the world every Wednesday.
I hope you will join me for my posts once a month at Beautiful Wildlife Garden. See my most current post now.
As always, I’ll be joining Tootsie Time’s Fertilizer Friday.
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