End of Month View – April 2012

A day late but I have made it!   This is my End of Month View for April, written on 1st May, the fifth month – this is scary because next month is June and we will be halfway through the year.

I expect we are all bemoaning the weather.  The 5th April saw an official drought declared and it has rained every day since, now in the South West of the country there are flood warnings.  Unfortunately it is still not enough to replenishing the water tables and reservoirs to their ideal levels for this time of the year.

My lawn (that’s a laugh) squelches as I walk on it and there are puddles  in the flower beds.   It is so wet, there is no way I can take a lawnmower to it, meanwhile the grass and the dandelions continue to grow.   I hate to think how long the grass is going to be  when it eventually dries out, but I am going to have a job cutting it.

Along with the rain, we have had really strong winds, which have been almost gale force at times.   I was away  last weekend and when I arrived home on Sunday evening, travel weary, I wandered out into the garden to see what was what.   I found my 4 tier plastic greenhouse lying flat on its face.   Although I have it tied to the wall, it had broken away from its mooring and tipped over.   If I had not been so tired I would have taken a photo of it because in hindsight it looked so forlorn.  I shovelled what seedlings I could back into their seed trays and pots.  My poor seedlings looked so bedraggled and initially I had thought I had lost the lot.  Today, Tuesday, two days later, I am surprised at how most of them have recovered.

The vegetables are coming along and, as usual, I have far too many courgette plants.  The broad beans are looking strong but again,  too many, I only really want to grow two plants, but when sowing seeds, I don’t know about you, but I always do a few more “just in case”.

In the raised bed the Swiss Chard and Carrots are making their presence known,  shortly I will remove the cover once I am certain we will have no more frost at night.   I heard a lady on the train, say that the weather forecast says it might snow at the weekend – I hope she was joking!    Whilst I was a little late in planting the seed potatoes, the Charlotte is now beginning to grow.  I hope this year I don’t have to deal with blight like last year.

Last month, the garden seemed to be full of green with little colour around, within a few weeks plants are beginning to flower, clearly having relished their regular watering courtesy of the clouds above.    There appears to be an abundance of colour from lilac running through to purple and burgundy at the moment.

At last, the Clematis Myleen, which is scrambling up the Sambucus Nigra,  is now in flower and I am really pleased  how pretty the contrast of colours look.

Once again the Lilac is looking beautiful, but sadly the one in the front garden is nowhere near as prolific with flowers as it was last year – you could smell the heady perfume from down the road.    I think may be because I didn’t prune it after flowering, so I will have to have a good go at it this year if I want the same display as I did in 2011.   However, the lilac tree in the back garden is doing very well.

The Alliums are beginning to flower now, yet another flower in the purple spectrum.   These are new addition to the garden and I am looking forward to seeing them all in their full glory.

Last month I chopped the Heuchera down to the ground which was obviously the right thing to do, it has grown into a lovely thick plant and along with the Lysimachia Firecracker, I think they both going to look really good this year.

Another plant within that colour spectrum is the Geum Bell Bank.  I have never had any success with Geums and thought I couldn’t grow them in my garden but this one is proving me wrong.   This variety is so pretty, don’t you agree?

Not everything is in the pink/purple colour scheme; the Choysia is looking like a bridal bouquet and has flowered this year better than it has for a very long time.

Finally, to end the tour of my garden at the end of April, I noticed a begonia bursting into life in the hanging basket.  I had left this basket by the front door throughout the winter, mainly through laziness, but it has paid off.   It had three beautiful double white begonias so I am hoping that I will see more leaves shortly.

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