We had snow and the harshest Siberian easterly wind I have ever felt. Many seasoned gardeners have told me that that’s the way March used to be here in the early 1960’s.
Anyway we all know that there’s going to be an explosion of spring colour here in the not too distant future. Those buds on the trees will be soon bursting into bloom. While migratory birds will be visiting again now that the wind direction has changed.
In the meantime here’s what’s in flower in the leavesnbloom April garden.
Just like in March the perennials such as Crocus, Snowdrops, Spring snowflakes and many of the Hellebores are still in flower. While newly planted Spring bedding – Ranunculus, Bellis daisies and Violas are giving colour to the planted containers. My choices of bedding plants are not ‘bee friendly’ nectar plants. But once the weather improves all the containers will be filled with flowering herbs. As a result their flowers will provide a rich nectar source for the wildlife during the summer months.
adopt the pace of nature … her secret is patience ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Whats in Bloom in April
|What’s in bloom in April – Iris reticulata|
Iris reticulata seem to like this part of the garden. They keep coming back year after year in the same spot under the Weeping Pear Tree.
|with heuchera red leaves, yellow Primula ‘Emily’ and Tete-a-tete daffodils in the background.|
The Primula veris ‘Cabrillo’ are slowly starting to elongate their long stems topped with umbels of fragrant yellow flowers.
|Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Pallida’|
Two of the Hamamelis x intermedia are still in flower – ‘Orange Dream’ and ‘Pallida’. This is Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Palida’ with the last of it’s fragrant lemon spidery blooms.
The winter/spring flowering heather is providing a rich source of nectar for any brave bee that ventures out of the hive. (I’ve only seen two so far this year!) It grows below the conifer Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Filifera Aurea’.
|Pulmonaria longifolia ‘Diane Claire’|
I’ve many different types of Pulmonaria starting to bloom. This one is probably the strongest and most vigorous grower – Pulmonaria longifolia ‘Diane Claire’ and eventually all the white spots on the leaves will merge to turn the leaves silver.
|Daphne mezereum ‘Rubra’|
Saturday 6th April was the day I spotted my first butterfly of 2013 for my yearly phenology reports. The Peacock butterfly kept coming back to feed on nectar from this Daphne shrub all afternoon. I refused to be tempted to go and get the camera as once I had that camera in my hand there would be no more power washing done.
|Narcissus Tete-a-tete daffodils with Euphorbia mysinites which is normally in flower at this time of year.|
Is it my imagination or do the daffodils seem to have shorter stems than normal this year?
Caution – Under Construction
Nesting season for the blackbirds and sparrows has really got under way.
As usual the sparrows prefer the eaves of the house for their nests.
While the blackbirds have chosen a conifer in the garden behind our fence.
I don’t mind her foraging for moss in the borders but my coir hanging basket liner is a luxury I really would prefer that she left well alone.
Low flying female blackbirds while weeding in the garden is something to be aware of. This one had a near collision with my head on Saturday afternoon!
A View from Above
Here’s a birds eye view of some of the garden taken after a morning of heavy rain on Sunday 14th April. There are still three other parts to the garden that I’ve not photographed yet.
The centre ‘circular’ area next to the patio is where most of the winter and early spring flowers are grown together.
The lawns always look a sickly patchy green after the winter especially after being scarified. I lightly applied some ferrous sulphate on Saturday as it’s good at removing Peltigera canina | dog lichen which is a rapid coloniser and grows in patches on acidic lawns during the autumn/winter (read more about dog lichen and how to remove it on the RHS site).
The kidney shaped lawn hasn’t been cut yet while the ‘circular’ lawn and edges had their first trim on Saturday.