April 4th, 2010
April is the perfect month for gardening, the days are long and mellow and the soil is still warm from the summer sun. The days lately seem to be calling you outside to play. But just lately I seem to be very busy and not have the long days to spend. How frustrating! But, you cannot deny that in the past week or two it has been beautiful gardening weather!
It is still bulb time, time to plant heaps of things! I mean, when you think of it, doesn’t it make more sense to plant in the autumn? If you plant in the spring, the little plant has only a couple of months growth and then its tiny root system has to cope with the heat of the summer. But if you plant now they will have two good months of growing time before the winter cold sets in, then they may grow more slowly, of course, throughout winter and then put on a burst of growth when the spring comes. All the more reason for getting out in that garden!!
One thing that is growing with abundance out there in my garden is weeds!! So, have to get on to them pretty soon. I plan to make myself real comfortable out there with a little pad for my knees or my bottom and just enjoy being out in the still warm weather! In fact if you plant yourself in the centre of the garden and quietly work away the little finches dart about above sometimes and it can be a quite pleasant job. Time seems to slow to a moderate pace and you can enjoy the garden from a different perspective.
My red sasanqua camellia is covered with blooms and out the back the pineapple sage is beginning to send out its red flowers that the honey eaters love so much. My pineapple sage is just where I can view the little honey eaters from my kitchen window, so this time of year, I enjoy watching them flit about while I wash up. My new fig tree has figs!! They are slowly ripening. Hopefully my possum wont know what they are. But a friend of mine says I should cover them just in case! Molly, my possum, is a funny creature, a lady of very particular taste. Last year I planted out a pot of pansies, yellow, orange and blue. I had bought ones already flowering from the nursery for a quick colour lift! They looked a picture! Very pleased with myself I went to bed only to find that Molly the possum had eaten all the yellow & orange ones. Apparently blue ones do not appeal. Or, perhaps Molly couldn’t see them in the night being a dark colour. Who can tell, not me. But now I only plant blue ones and never do they get eaten! Molly also likes yellow roses but lucky for me not red ones! My neighbours possum does like red ones and thinks I am very lucky with Molly.
Now I must away to plant myself amongst the weeds and start to make a difference!