April in the Sweet Garden
Birds have set up a nest in my birdhouse. There is food and water nearby for the parents when the babies hatch.
Despite the many rainy days we had I managed to add quite a few new shrubs to the woodland garden : Aronia, Red Buckeye, kerria japonica, 2 'celestial ' dogwoods, a kousa hybrid and 'appalachian snow. ' I spread one large bag of butterfly and hummingbird wildflower seeds in the roadside wildflower garden. So many plants from last year have returned, much to my surprise and delight, given the harsh winter we had.
One of my favorite natives, red buckeye.
It is my goal to have drifts of sweet woodruff, autumn ferns, woodland phlox, lily of the valley, ferns, barrenwort, astilibe, bergenia, mullien, cranesbill geranium, hellebores, pulmonaria, brunnera , jacob's ladder, and columbines in the woodland garden that fronts my house. Planting them requires a lot of work as its not possible to dig very deep in the hard pan soil that is rock and clay so I must prepare all the areas with good topsoil mixed with compost and manure.
The boulder garden in back has sprung to life with iris, catmint, daffodils, lamb's ear, dianthus, ajuga and soapwort in bloom.
Since I haven't put up a fence in my backyard yet I've only planted tomatoes and green onions which I keep sprayed with deer and rabbit repellent. I'm hoping to break ground on a new fence sometime within the next month or so. So far I have an orchard of 2 Asian pears, persimmon, pawpaw tree, and a nectarine.
Spring onions and Better boy tomatoes in raised bed.
Because of my intensive purchasing and planting my daughter asked me if I there would ever come a time when I wouldn't have anything left to plant to which I replied a gardener's work is never done. I do however look forward to the day when I can enjoy the fruits of my labor.
Now April draws to a close and so does my 70th year. Tomorrow I shall be a year older and hopefully, wiser.