Sweet Anticipation: April’s First Blush
Â Anticipating the Intoxicating Scent of Â Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’
It’s April first, and foolishly —thinking that surely we’ve seen the last of snow— we’re tempted to rush forward with our early season chores. And then —often without the slightest provocation or warning— Spring turns a cold cheek. Over the years, I’ve learned that in early April, a weather forecast calling for rain usually translates to snow-showers. Yes, Spring can be rather cruel, yet we always anticipate her kindness. Perhaps she will gift us pastel flower petals, dusted in powdered sugar . . .
Â NarcissusÂ ‘Rijnveld’s Early Sensation’, DustedÂ in Springtime Snow
Yes, it may still snow. But in meantime, there are plenty of seasonal garden tasks to fill April’s weekend hours on warmer days. While walking along the garden paths on these early spring days, I often notice broken branches on shrubbery —revealed by receding snow— in need of pruning (click here for spring pruning tips), and in a few days I’ll begin cutting back ornamental grasses and crushed flower stalks along the front entryway. As ice melts away from the terraces, I tidy up the bird feeding stations, rake and then sweep the surrounding stone walkways.
Spring Heath (Erica carnea), is one of the earliest flowers to bloom in my garden; sometimes covering the ledges with a hazy blush before the snow fully departs.Â Click here to read my plant profile on this lovely, ground-cover for full sun.Â
Â Pots and Tools, Waiting for Clean Up, in the Garden Room
Â Time for a Sassy, New Pair of Gardening Boots? Ozzy Thinks So! Tretorn Sofiero Boots in Green, Gray & Black, Click Here
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2 Replies to “Sweet Anticipation: April’s First Blush”
What beautiful posts, these past few I’ve missed. And that Ozzy is quite the charmer. Is this the same squirrel you fostered during Irene? Thanks for lifting my mood on an icky day. I can’t wait for the snow to GO, GO, GO
Hi Emily, Thank you so much. Good memory! We found Ozzy with his eyes still closed in the middle of the road. I raised and released him and he’s stayed local. Most days, he comes to the feeder and often brings friends. I adore him. xo M
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