Spring Blooms & April Chores {TGP}

2013 Spring Blooms

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):

  1. Pieris japonica (sometimes called Lily of the Valley bush)
  2. Buds on Huckleberry bush
  3. Grape Hyacinth
  4. Flowering Quince
  5. Forget-me-not
  6. Creeping Phlox
  7. Primrose
  8. Budding Poppy
  9. Hellebore
  10. Tulips
  11. Bridal Wreath Spirea
  12. Jack Frost Brunnera
  13. Lungwort (Pulmonaria)
  14. 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:

spring weeds

The wild cress I call ‘poppers’ and the violets I’ve warned you all about before are on the left and the plant on the right need’s no introduction, does it? Ugh. It never ends with these in my yard.

April garden chores

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?

Tuesday Garden Party


  1. says

    All your blooms are so lovely! It will be a few weeks before our bearded iris begins blooming; we’re at almost 1000 ft. elevation, so everything here is slower to bloom. But that’s ok ’cause it gives me a little more time to get all those garden chores done! We’ve been busy laying newspaper and straw around the raised beds in our veggie patch to keep down the weeds — it really works! We’ve also been working to dig and divide our flower bed perennials and are about half way there. Oh how I LOVE this time of year! Thanks for hosting. :)

  2. says

    I read your posting about the violets. I guess the Pacific Northwest weather is kinder to them than they are here in Virginia. We enjoy them while hiking in the Shenandoah Nation Park where it is cooler, but they don’t seem to be too invasive in my garden.

    • says

      Yes, in my travels I’ve learned that the maritime PNW is a likely the weed capital of the country! They love all the moisture and relatively mild temps, I guess. But it’s also why so many other things grow well here, too. :)

  3. says

    I need to add Hellebores to my list. Swarthmore College has several varieties – just love them. Violets aren’t too bad here, knock on wood.

    I love Lily of the Valley. Mine came from my parent’s yard. I still remember singing a song about them in high school French.

  4. says

    Our rhubarb is doing really well this year so I don’t think it will be long before I will be making some rhubarb jam. I am hoping to get some more seeds planted in the garden. I have one planting of lettuce and spinach and I would like to add another. My seedlings are doing good in the cold frame right now but as they grow bigger I will move them under a row cover in raised beds or individual covers. I have an overabundance of seedlings this year so my neighbors will be helping me out by taking some of the plants when they grow a little bigger.

  5. says

    Wow! Beautiful blossoms and you’ve planted a lot already! Question – have you ever divided your helibore? I have one that is growing very well and getting big – and blooming! When is the best time to divide this?

    • says

      Yes, I’ve divided hellebore, Jennifer. You probably could do it spring or fall, but I’ve done it in the spring when it’s finished blooming and the leaves need to be cut back anyway. Then it has all summer to put out new growth and get established.

  6. Mamabear says

    Here in Ohio, the daffodils and crocus have finished and the tulips are in full bloom.
    I have planted a variety of lettuces in my spread homemade compost. They have just started sprouting this week. Yay!
    I also started seeds indoors for all my heirloom tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapenos & a few flowers. The tomatoes and peppers are all doing well. After i transplanted them into larger containers a couple of weeks ago, i started feeding them fish emulsion and they’re doing great! The tomatoes are 10-12 inches tall already.
    I’ll plant them into the garden in mid-May and then direct plant green beans and okra in the beginning of June.
    I just divided my hostas and daylilies and coreopsis the other day. So i’ll have them in more places this year. Oh, and my rhubarb is just starting to come up. Some are still small since I started them from seed. And my alpine strawberries have lots of blooms on them. Its gonna be a yummy summer!

  7. Rachel says

    Could your wild cress “poppers” be chickweed? It is hard for me to tell in the photo. We have been using our spring chickweed harvest in salads and a delicious pesto here on Cape Cod. Many consider it a weed, but it is very nutritious and has a mild spinach-like flavor. The best way to tell is to look for a white star-like flower on a stem that has “hair” growing on just one side of the stalk.

  8. says

    Hi Jamie,
    Oh your garden looks wonderful. Keep up the good work I enjoy looking at the wonderful plants.
    We here are still having rain and cold weather. We don’t have even leave in Kitchener, Ontario.
    I enjoy your website and keep posting.


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