Happy Tuesday! I’m excited to share with you this collage I made after walking around the house recently, snapping photos of everything I could find blooming in our yard (from top left, clockwise):
- Pieris japonica (sometimes called Lily of the Valley bush)
- Buds on Huckleberry bush
- Grape Hyacinth
- Flowering Quince
- Creeping Phlox
- Budding Poppy
- Bridal Wreath Spirea
- Jack Frost Brunnera
- Lungwort (Pulmonaria)
- Bearded Iris
The best part of all these blooms? I planted all these once and they bloom for me every year with only minimal maintenance (usually just cutting dead foliage back). Of course you’d guess these are my favorite kind of plants!
Of course, I also found these blooming at the same time:
Thankfully, I can keep them at bay by adding layers of newspaper and compost-mulch to our beds in April. Although we’re not usually done with all our beds until June, it’s still my goal to get some done in April – when the weeds are small and the plants, too. It’s a lot easier to work in the beds before the plants are fully leafed out for the season, isn’t it? So I was happy to get three areas ready for the season in April.
The other thing I accomplished was planting cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, peas, spinach and lettuce. Man, is this a fun chore – I can’t wait for that first garden green salad!
What are your goals to accomplish in April?