What a fine April it’s been! More seasonal temperatures have luckily tempered the almost undeniable urge to plant. Frosts are possible throughout May, but it’s sure been nice to be able to get our early flowers in, well, early for a change. With the warmth of March and the dryness of April, we’ve had many, many days suitable for planting or field preparation. The crop farmers are getting their fields in and spring has sprung! The seedlings are happy. It will be nice to start getting the rest of them to the field next month. In May we’ll start some perennials for fall planting, so we’ll need the space.
We’ve spent most of this month planting and preparing beds. Bupleurum, Bachelor Buttons, Nigella, Delphinium, Lisianthus, and Snapdragons are all in. The Lisianthus and Snapdragons are under cover. We are installing drip irrigation to the beds this year. We also tilled all the pathways and planted white dutch clover to minimized further tilling and improve the soil. In it’s second year, it will feed many beneficial insects that will in turn do their job of pollinating and taking out the oh so evil ones. It will require less mowing and be lovely to walk on. Some flowers have also begun to bloom early. The forsythia put on a dazzling display 6 weeks earlier than last spring. They bloomed March 20th and continued for several weeks. The lily of the valley are in their bud stage this last week of April. Last year they bloomed on May 17th. Over all, it’s been a very fine, very early, April in the plant world! We even got our much needed rain on the last day of the month.
April’s Bloom List:
After the very mild winter, the critters also seem to want to get an early start this year. We were brought 3 baby bunnies who where living in a high traffic area in the city. Luckily they were old enough to be released. If you find wild bunnies, please do not assume they are abandon. The House Rabbit Society has a lot of information in regards to wild bunnies and what to do if you think the babies need help.
Speaking of critters, we have some birdhouse gourds for sale for 8 dollars. They are cleaned and have a pre-drilled 1 3/8” inch hole and hanging wire. They vary in size and shape, no two are alike. They can be painted or finished if desired, or left in their natural state. They are fabulous birdhouses. Just send us an email if you are interested. I put one in our willow tree and a lovely little wren was occupying it within 10 minutes! They are prolific songsters with an amazingly strong voice for such a tiny little bird. We love to hear them sing their little hearts out!