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April in my garden

Updated: Nov 22, 2020


Daffodils

Easter's late this year but that hasn't stopped the glorious burst of colour and fragrance in my garden this month. If March's signature colour was yellow, Nature has added purple and white to her April palette. Like the stunning narcissi in our orchard (cover picture). I know I say this all the time but April in my garden is one of my favourite months, there's just so much to revel in. Although my husband is less keen now that it's grass cutting season again...

What's flowering now?

I'm not going to bore you with yet more snaps of my beloved hellebores even though they're STILL flowering for a record fifth month. So here's a picture of some beautiful, fragrant little wild violets that have self-seeded and spread underneath our weeping pear tree.

Wild violets

Next to them are some yellow scented species tulips which have also naturalised and come back bigger and better each year.

Yellow species tulips

Some of my favourite spring flowers are the summer snowflakes nodding away next to the ponds and purple primroses. They look like taller, more elegant snowdrops, don't you think?

Our valiant camellia japonica by the front door has started blooming again. I've come to realise that she's probably in the wrong place but that it's probably too late to dig her up and move her somewhere else. Chalk that one down to experience.

Camellia japonica

And all the fruit blossom is appearing on the trees in our orchard: plum (see below), peach, apple, pear, kiwi, and cherries. Alan bought new apple and plum trees recently and they've started to bud a little already too.

Plum blossom

What's sprouting now?

Our three new raspberry canes (two in Flora's garden, one in mine) are sprouting early new green shoots, although I don't think we'll get any fruit from them this year. And there are masses of bulb shoots poking through the grass and in my flower beds but as usual, until they flower, I can't remember what they are! I suspect alliums and wild gladioli but hopefully next month will confirm that.

Outdoor jobs for April

Many of our daffodils need deadheading now the flowers are over. We'll pinch off the spent blooms just behind the seedpods but leave the stems and leaves in situ. They'll carry on absorbing sunlight and nutrients to feed the bulbs so they come back bigger and better next Spring.