April has arrived and it’s graced us with several days of fantastic weather and as April is one of the busiest months in a gardener’s calendar it’s just the encouragement you need.
In My Garden
Spring seems to be a bit late in my garden this year. I’m pretty sure I usually have a load more bulbs in flower by now. My tulips are looking a bit anaemic at the moment and although there’s lots of green stems there aren’t many heads.
I have had a lovely garden surprise. Flowering for the first time in two years – Clematis Armandi, which has become a larger than life evergreen climber with leathery, dark glossy leaves and the most fragrant and frothy creamy white flowers.
The heady fragrance is of sweet jasmine.
The couple of trees I bought recently have added some spring fever to the raised beds, the creamy pink weeping cherry
And the weeping willow drooping with branches of sliver white catkins.
Thoughts have turned to my perennial beds and what to fill them with…and I have just discovered Stillingfleet Lodge Garden and Nurseries– how did I not discover them earlier?
Stillingfleet Lodge Garden is a quintessentially English garden, managed to be as wildlife friendly as possible and after my initial visit last week, I can’t wait to go back and spend some time in this cottage style garden. Many of the plants in the garden are available to buy in their well-stocked plant nursery, where they have a particularly large selection of pulmonarias and geraniums.
Loved this Bellis Daisy to brighten up my patio table.
In Your Garden
Here’s what the rest of you should be tackling in your own gardens in April.
If you didn’t get round to it last month then get on top of the weeds before they start their attack on any spare bit of soil.
Deadhead daffys and tulips as soon as the flowers die, but resist the urge to cut off the leaves, so they can replenish for next year.
Add a general purpose fertiliser to plants. Apply a mulch of well-rotted compost around 2 inches deep around your shrubs to suppress weeds, reduce the need for watering and improve soil texture.
If you’re into your veggies then now is the time to sow direct carrots, peas, beetroot, and winter cabbage and broccoli as well as salad crops.
Providing it’s not too baltic at the end of the month, the last week of April is usually a good time to plant out sweet peas too.
Plant summer-flowering bulbs, such as lilies and nerines, outdoors.
If you have a greenhouse, as the day temperatures rise, open doors and vents, but remember to close at night.
Most importantly don’t forget to grab a cuppa and sit in the afternoon sun looking ahead to the warmer weather. Bliss!!