THE START OF APRIL IN THE GARDEN

As we move into April the garden is really springing into life.  The ground is finally dry enough to work.  I've been able to spend every morning this week in the garden and so it should be looking tip top after all that attention.  But in reality I'm still playing catch up, after the wet weather earlier in the year, meant many jobs could not be done then.

1. The Rose Garden

The daffodils have come out in force this week to join the tulips in the central bed.  They are a mixture off different types.  Classic yellow ones with long trumpets, and flat faced narcissus with touches of orange meander through the borders. 




2.  Back Door Pots

Narcissus Thalia, Tulip Flaming Prince, pastel Pansies and standard Hollies flank the back door.  I've always had a few pots here but I've enjoyed building up the display this year by adding a few more.
  

Some plants seem to be leaning a little. Can you guess the prevailing wind direction?


3.  Obelisks

These were a Christmas Present from Mr Baileyana.  They arrived a couple of months ago, but all the gales meant they were tucked away safely in the garage for a while.  They are firmly anchored into the ground now and have a climbing rose planted at the base to train up them in time.

4. Broad beans

The vegetable garden has been empty all winter expect for the permanent fruit plants and some Swiss Chard.  Last weekend I planted out the first batch of Broad beans as well as some onion sets.  A few trial rows of radish, lettuce and peas have gone in under protection in the hope they will germinate.   I believe warm weather is on its way.


5. Tomato seedlings

They were potted on this week and seem happy so far.  They are Marmande, Black Russian, Gardener's Delight and Money Maker.  The peppers and aubergines have germinated but no true leaves have appeared yet,  It's still a little cold for them to really get growing.




As always I've potted on more than I need as once they've germinated so nicely it seems to cruel to throw them away.

6. Narcissus in the Woodland

Thalia has joined the woodland display this week.




And as a bonus photograph, hiding down on the woodland floor are these tiny violets,  



That's all from my garden this week.  We can't go out and visit gardens at present, but you can visit them virtually by following  The Propagator, who kindly hosts Six on Saturday.

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  1. I have obelisk envy! And so perfectly planted yours are!!

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    1. Thanks Chris. I've been eyeing some up for years.

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  2. The rose garden shows promise for later and the obelisks are lovely.

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    1. Thanks L. The rose garden has been pruned and feeding and mulching are underway, so I'm hoping for a good display this year.

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  3. What a beautiful garden! These overviews are very pretty and this rose garden ... superb.
    Your broad beans are at the same stage as mine, but for the tomatoes I'm largely victorious (I've seen the first flower bud today)

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    1. Congratulations on the tomatoes. You'll be eating yours way before mine are ready I think.

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  4. The obelisks are lovely as is that greenhouse. And Thalia is such a pretty daffodil. No tomatoes for me this year. I was waiting for Gardener's Delight to appear in the garden centre and then it was closed :( Oh, well there will hopefully be other years.

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    1. Thanks Jude. Its a shame you can't get your tomato plants.

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  5. Yes, I definitely have greenhouse envy.....and those matching obelisks. What a beautiful garden.

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    1. Thanks Granny. I thought the greenhouse was so big I'd never run out of room. Still manage to fill it though.

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  6. Mr B did very well w/his Christmas gift. They look perfect w/the glass house, too. Can't wait to see the roses on them. Your tomato crop is overwhelming! What do you do w/them all? You'll be fed the entire winter, for sure, when your other veg are added. Makes me hungry for my lunch just thinking about it. Your woodland area is beautiful.

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    1. Mr B was given a little help in choosing my Christmas gift. I can't bear to bin the seedlings. That's why I pot so many on. I'm hoping to give a few away, but I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the rest.

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  7. I have oberlisk, greenhouse and arch envy! The view through the arch looks lovely.

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  8. all looking splendid! love those obelisks, but love the climbing roses even more. i have three more on the way. i am fast developing a problem habit...

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    1. I used to think that you could never have too many, but I've spent many hours tying in Madame Alfred C over the last few weeks, and now I'm wondering if I shouldn't get any more. (but they look so good ....)

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  9. Your garden is lovely. As someone else says - obelisks and greenhouse, a big thumbs up. And I wish I could walk through my 'woodland corner' on a path like that!

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    1. The path was a fairly recent addition. It was impenetrable before due to low branches and self sown elder.

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  10. The shape and the colour of the obelisks are a perfect choice to sit in front of your lovely greenhouse. Mr Baileyana has such good taste.

    I think I could happily wander though your garden all day - or perhaps just sit outside your rose garden and look in through the arch.

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    1. Thanks Catherine. I like a good wander round myself. I can't help looking at the jobs that haven't been done though.

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