April Jobs

April 10th, 2010

Correa, the native fuchsia

Correa, the native fuchsia

There are many little jobs awaiting me out in the garden this month.  Bulb season is still with us, and the time to plant spring flowering bulbs can slip away if you are not too careful.  Can’t let that pot wait too much longer before I fill it with some pretty spring flowering bulbs.  I have a particular pot I save just for Hyacinths, usually I plant them & pop them in the back of some garden bed & just forget all about them until they shoot up in spring.  Then I get all excited & bring them up on the balcony, where the ducks can’t eat them, and watch & wait.  This little task never fails to bring me a great deal of joy!  Simple pleasures!  It is always best to try to finish planting your bulbs by the end of April.  I will need to head out to the shops to purchase some spring excitment in the form of bulbs! 

Did anyone say 'snail'?

Did anyone say 'snail'?

Waddles & Hazel  are looking forward to the rain because they know that the slugs & snails begin to appear as the soft rains of autumn begin.  This is the best time to get on out there and get on top of the weeding for me, accompanied with my two slug & snail hunting ducks.  Of course, if you don’t have ducks you might have to head out late at night with a torch & a bucket to protect any new seedlings you might have that look like tasty treats for slugs & snails. 

This month is also a very good month for planting violas and pansy! 

 

Garden -Dec09 044Outside of my own garden, April is the perfect month to visit other gardens in the hills and enjoy the beauty of the autumn foliage.  In fact walks are best in autumn, the crisp cool air and the colours of the leaves as they turn.  A walk through a botanic garden is a wonderful treat at this time of the year.  You don’t have to be a small child to enjoy scrunching through autumn leaves, speaking of which, they will be starting to fall very soon, so I need to dust off my rake.

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