April was characterised by a particularly crazy temperature range. The garden seemed stuck in winter still and nothing was really growing and I had zero desire to be out there.
Then suddenly the temperatures shot into the mid-20s and it was like we’d zoomed straight into summer.
The plants shot into life – the apple trees seemed to acquire both leaves and blossom within a few days.
The daffodils had been delayed flowering and were still around (mysteriously not many came up this year so I need to plant more this autumn) and the tulips decided they’d better get going.
The dicentra was another one that went from apparently dead lump of dried twig to leaves and flowers within the space of a week.
I took advantage of the brief week of warm (yes, it’s gone cold again since) to re-pot some herbs with fresh compost. The snow etc had killed the lavender so I bought another one at the local high street market. The peppermint had spread to the edges of the container leaving the middle empty so I chopped it up and potted some of it in the middle, disposing of the rest of it in the garden waste bin as I do not want mint taking over the garden. Bizarrely the chocolate mint is still growing happily in the centre of its pot so I didn’t need to do this one.
The lawn is looking nice and green again after rain in March. This is after I’d solved the immediate problem of gardening with a toddler by booking some annual leave and doing lots of gardening whilst LO was at nursery!
So, the beds are looking tidier, perennials cut back and weeds removed. Plus beds mulched.
Getting the bulk of it done on annual leave (I estimate I did three hours a day over four days) meant I could get all the patio containers repotted, and also prepare a few to grow herbs in – LO then enjoyed helping to plant those. She especially enjoyed watering. In this pic the front four haven’t been planted yet.
I had nine bags of compost delivered from the garden centre and used six bags of it for mulching, and the rest for repotting.
Tulips flowering and the (self-sown) lavender beginning to emerge amongst the sedums. That container is almost entirely gravel but those plants seem to love it there.
View towards the shed. The tulips here flower above the raspberries which will then grow past them. It’s a nice way of getting a couple of seasons of interest from one bed.
And I got the lawn edges done too!
Close up of the raised bed, freshly mulched. I didn’t divide the Heuchera Marmalade towards the front, but it started heading off in different directions so I waited to see what would happen. It looks great mingled with the sedum there!
Primroses. These are all self-sown from one plant I purchased in, I think, 2013, from a lovely garden centre near my Mum’s. Cost £1.50! I think I should probably divide these and spread them to some other places.
And, finally, lots of apple blossom!
Wow, so much has started growing in the garden in the last month, and I desperately need to get out there to do some gardening!
The lawn is still mossy and rather squelchy under foot.
There are crocuses and daffodils everywhere, looking lovely, bright and cheerful. After a cold winter the beginning of March has been warmer than normal so there are plenty of signs of Spring around.
The only herbs I’ve got left are this pot of chives, which has just started sprouted again. I did have herbs planted in the raised bed at the back of the garden, but we had to lose that section when we had the building work done last year. I never got round to doing anything about replacing them last year as LO was still so small and took up lots (!) of time. This year I’m planning to grow the herbs we use most often (rosemary, thyme, basil, mint) in pots on the patio, where LO will be able to see and smell them easily (and probably also pull them up!).
The Camellia buds are waiting to burst open. Any day now.
More signs of new growth. This is the first sign of the Dicentra appearing. Within weeks it’ll be big and covered with beautiful heart-shaped flowers. It has self-sown some seedlings nearby too, which you can see towards the edge of the photo.
I love these Hellebores. I grew them from seed taken from one given to us by our neighbour. The original had much paler flowers but these have turned out to be deep pink. Our garden is quite sunny but this area in the front garden, tucked in behind the wall, is shadier and seems to be better for growing woodland type plants.
The containers I planted up in the Autumn with some help from LO. Tiny daffodils with some winter-flowering pansies. Quick, simple but effective! I need to cut back the Japanese anemome stems from last year to the left of the picture.
Think that’s all for this month. Have your Spring flowers started to appear too?