The Garden in April 2018
“There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.”
The month of April included all four seasons – cold, rainy days, storms and at long last glorious sunshine!
Although my dwarf Narcissus are dying off, there are several species of Daffodils creating a vibrant display in pots and flowerbeds. Their sunshiny smiles brighten up cloudy days…
May will welcome a new species called Sundisc.
I love to grow Hyacinths indoors for their fabulous scent, and then transplant them outside:
I felt inspired to grow mixed varieties of Tulips after my visit to The Keukenhof Gardens in May 2017.
My archway is adorned with two pots of Candy Prince, Purple Prince and Flaming Flag.
I planted 50 new coral Tulips in this corner. The varieties are Van Eijk, Toronto and Mystic Van Eijk.
There are LOTS of other Tulips in bloom around the garden. Here is a small selection:
If you are like me and forget where all your bulbs are hiding each autumn, try the following:
- In autumn, plant as many bulbs as possible in pots – with good labelling!
- Survey any gaps in your bedding the following spring,
- Transfer your new bulbs to any vacant spots – either before or after flowering…
New Climbing Roses
My Sage plant was past its best, so I removed it and planted some of its offshoots in a new spot. This freed up space for a new climbing Rose. I chose “The Generous Gardener,” a lovely pale pink variety:
It will partner my “James Galway” Rose on the opposite side of this arch.
I envisage them living happily ever after…
A Tribute to my Late Sister
I wanted to plant a Rose in memory of my sister Margaret, who died on 1 September. She had glorious auburn hair.
“Crown Princess Margareta” felt like the perfect tribute. She will climb up this trellis, and create a mass of scented orange blooms.
Jobs for April
April is the perfect time to:
- Remove old growth that has given shelter to mini beasts over winter,
- Lift and divide biennials and perennials – I have lots of new Foxglove and Native Yellow Primrose babies,
- Move any perennials that are in need of a better spot – I moved Hollyhocks and my Salvia “Hotlips,”
- Prune Roses, and feed with specialized Rose fertilizer,
- Clean and paint garden furniture,
- Sow seeds,
- Visit garden centres, other gardens and flower shows for inspiration,
- Plan for new purchases,
- Sit outside and enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and glorious sunsets…
Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from debilitating illness.
She lives in Donegal, Ireland – an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/r5GCjaetgZk
Categories: My Donegal Garden