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This diary is a summary of our garden activities. The links are to blog posts that often give more detail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

The flowering shrubs are coming into their own. The daphne sown some years ago is at it's best ever with not only lots of flower but also beautiful perfume.

 

Just right - camellias

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

We thought that they had deserted us but the frogs are back

Better late than never

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

Moved shooting onions and shallots to the cold frame and planted more.

Sowed, broad beans, sweet peas and leeks

Birds are collecting nesting material

We saw our first butterfly in the greenhouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

 

 

Tidied summer house

Getting to the root of things - review of last season's carrots and parsnips.

 

End of the crop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

 

 

Shrubs are putting on a display

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

 

 

The plants were nattered by hail - generally not gardening weather

 

Staying in day

 

Typical April weather

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

Later flowering narcissus

 

Another brilliant day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

In the garden greenhouse brassicas are perking up and salad leaves are growing well

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

 

 

Tidying and weeding on the plot.

Planted first potatoes

Harvested leeks and a cauliflower

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

More tidying and preparing beds on the plot

Harvested some parsnips

 

A weekend on the plot

 

Not drying out much

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

 

 

 

 

 

Something is nibbling our fritillaries

 

A planting opportunity

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13

 

More weeding and tidying in the plot

Weeded round raspberries and all are shooting

Pear, plum and greengage blossom opening

Pollinated honeyberry flowers

Dug up primroses that had seeded in the grass ans planted in the garden

 

Pear Bed

 

Time for plan B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

 

 

 

African violet leaf has produced small plantlets

Azalea flowering

Pink camellia flowering

First sweet peas have germinated

 

Brilliant weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

 

Repotted figs and placed outside

Grapevine in greenhouse is shooting

Sweet peas. spring onions and and broad beans germinating

 

Late chill on Saturday

 

More on our exotics

 

To prune or not to prune

 

 

 

 

 

 

16

 

 

Visitors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17

 

Sowed annual flower seeds in modules in the greenhouse

 

A Steady Start

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18

 

 

Sowed tomatoes, aubergines, parsley and more annual flowers which have been popped under the grow light in the house

 

Chilly for tomato sowing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19

 

More tidying and cultivating beds on the plot

Pear blossom is out

Summer raspberries are all shooting

 

Much better

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

 

Grass cut and pond filter cleaned out

 

Nature does it best

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21

 

Planted six new trial varieties of potatoes.

Prepared more bed and tidied redcurrant cage

 

Planting our potato day potatoes

 

Caged

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23

 

 

Hostas are shooting and being sprayed with Grazers slug repellent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24

 

 

 

Garden cherry tree in flower.

Annual flowers, tomatoes and basil germinating

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25

 

Cherry tree - Stella in the garden and marsh marigolds are flowering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

26

 

Robins singing in the garden

 

Pink camellia is flowering

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27

 

 

 

 

 

In the pebble border, aubretia, saxifrages and lithodora are flowering

 

 

 

 

 

 

28

 

 

More annual flower seeds and peppers sown and placed under growlight

Earlier sowings have germinated and really need to be pricked out but the weather is so cold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29

 

 

The tulips take centre stage

To plant or not to plant?

 

It's all about the tulips

 

 

 

 

 

 

30

 

 

In the garden greenhouse the annual flowers are germinating.

The broad beans, onions and shallots are waiting to go outside.

The sweet peas are growing well.

At least we are picking some salad ingredients from the greenhouse salad bar.

Meagre pickings

New coldest day of the month

Panic setting in

 

April seed sowing schedule

Details of what was sown/planted in April

 

April harvesting schedule

Details of our April harvest

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