Sunday, April 22, 2018

April Work in the Garden

Warm days with rains have made my garden really vernal one. Every day I look at my 'to do list'. Step by step there is more work in the garden that pleases me. Firstly I have to do cleanup all beds, lawn, along fences, berry bushes, raised beds etc. Since I started to do cleaning some of the places look tidy:




I'm waiting when I can start to sow salad, beetroot, celery, dill and parsley. I think to do this as soon as the ground reaches 6 C. The same goes for hardy annual flower seeds. If the soil is still cold I usually lay a covering cloth or plastic pieces over sown seeds. Last year my sowing were successful:

 green onion 2017

parsley 2017

My seedlings, cuttings and tubers starting inside on the windowsill are big and I will transport them in the conservatory. The gladioli bulbs are potted and started sprouting. Also I have several varieties of begonias. Their tubers were stored in cool place and now begonias have big leaves. That's a problem to transport them to the garden!

gladioli bulbs

begonia has tall sprouts

Three small cuttings of a rose The Fairy have grown at home too, one of them is in bloom now. 



At the end of April - first days of May I remove the covering cloth off the rose bushes and other tender plants. I do feeding them and continue to do so during May. In addition, I try to make the pruning of vines and Canadian roses. This is liana Actinidia, it has many crossing branches and of course it is to be pruned.


There is no snow at all but my pond is still frozen. I tried to break the ice, but it's too lasting, and I was afraid to damage the liner. When ice melts my next thing is to do cleanup around the pond, then sprouts of daffodils will be seen. And to take the time for the pond maintenance (water balance) because the water is awful after winter.



I have some tubers of Dahlias, that had been stored at home. The tubers sprouted and have leaves. Now is a perfect time when they could be replanted into the ground or in tubs.


It was a surprise when I had opened a door of the greenhouse. The last days were warm and sunny, there was warm air in the greenhouse as well, bulbs potted last autumn got started to flower. Here are irises and pushkinias:




Much work to do, yes? Maybe I forgot something, well what is your 'to do list ' in April?

46 comments:

  1. We have had two lovely warm, sunny days which has triggered lots of flowers to open. At last it feels like spring.

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    1. I'm glad Sue, sure your plots look colorful.

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  2. Nadezda, I'm glad the springtime is filling your garden with life again. In April I devote almost all my gardening time to keep diseases away from my roses, the humid days of fall bring black spot, powdery mildew and other enemies of the roses back.

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    1. Your tropical climate keeps you to be very busy every season. MDN. Hope your beautiful roses and other plants are healthy this month.

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  3. Oh Nadezda, what a lot of work! It must be refreshing to see such growth suddenly appearing, but tiring for you. Do you transfer gladioli to a garden bed, or leave them in the pot? It must be difficult transferring certain plants from pots to garden, as with dahlia.
    We have been enjoying some beautiful Autumn weather here, but I have not had much time in my own garden. My son is selling his house in the hills and there is much to do helping tidying his huge garden, on the side of a hill!
    Take care.
    Betty

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    1. You're right Betty. To transfer 10-12 packets of plants is a problem, beside some of them as begonias or dahlias are easy to break. I usually plant gladioli bulbs in tubs, they flower well there.
      Take care helping your son in tiding his garden, dear.

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  4. Beautiful flowers, Nadezda! Bulbs give many satisfactions.
    Happy Sunday!

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  5. Dear Nadezda,

    We have the same interest and the same winter more or less. I also have a long "to do" list, but I can't start yet because of the snow who still is there. Beautiful signs of spring in your garden!

    I wish you a wonderful Sunday!

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    1. I hope snow melts soon in your place, Margit. You will enjoy the spring, am sure.
      Have a nice new week!

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  6. Se está poniendo muy lindo tu jardín. Por aquí está todo bastante retrasado por culpa de la lluvia, todavía no he podido plantar en el huerto.. yo estoy arrancando malas hierbas en el jardín " cuando me deja la lluvia " Besos y buen domingo.

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    1. Te molesta la lluvia, Teresa. Espero pronto muy linda primavera aparece con sus flores.
      Las hierbas malas crecen todo el tiempo, y mas en la lluvia.
      Feliz la semana!

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  7. Hello Nadezda, Isn't it fun to see your garden awakening. Your cuttings all look so healthy. I especially like the little fairy rose that is already blooming. Aren't they the sweetest things?! Here I think the frosty times have passed. I certainly hope so because I set all my house plants out for the season. I will be covering them with blankets if it gets to freezing again. I don't believe it will. This is the latest I have set out my house plants in memory. My list of chores to do this spring would be too long to list in this comment block. Needless to say I will be busy from here on through summer. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a good week.

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    1. I do think it was the latest frost in your place Lisa.This week I want to transfer my ready to plant seedlings to the greenhouse and as well will prepare a covering cloth for them.
      A little rose The fairy pleased its desire to live, to grow, despite on spider mites.
      Thank you!

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  8. Hello dear Nadezda!
    Such Spring beauty in your garden!
    Preety bulbs ready to bloom!
    Love your irises! My roses have bloomed ,the jasmine and the Lord plant too!
    Wishing you a lovely Sunday!
    Dimi...

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    1. You have a such blooming and colored garden Dimi!
      I agree spring is a beautiful season.
      Hugs!

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  9. Dear Nadezda, Finally you can start digging, sowing, planting! You must be over the moon. Lovely spring flowers. I like the irises so much. I hope soon the snow in your pond has melted. Hé it is April! Groetjes,
    Hetty

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    1. Dear Hetty, you're right I must spend all my free time in the garden :-) To sit in an armchair, sunbathing, having a cup of tea :-) Actually I'm waiting for sun to warm soil to sow and plant seedling in raised beds and greenhouse.
      Have a nice April week!

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  10. The garden has busy times ahead! Have a nice new week Nadezda;-))

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  11. Надежда,какая красота!Ранние ирисы прекрасны!
    Удачи в садовых хлопотах.

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    1. Надежда, зацвели ирисы, которые зимовали в горшке в теплице. Чудо! Это был эксперимент :-)

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  12. Good morning dear Nadezda,
    Yes a lot of work to do in the garden at the moment!! Lovely to see what your garden is bringing you
    at the moment.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Rosehugs Marijke

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    1. Hope your rose garden is keeping well, Marijke.
      Happy Monday!

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  13. Boa tarde, jardim lindo e mais lindo vai ficar, com a sua dedicação e ajuda da primavera.
    Feliz semana,
    AG

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  14. It's good that you still can take your time in your garden.
    Last week we had summer temperatures here, between 25 and nearly 30°C. It's absolutely unusual for April. I'm now a lot behind with my "To-do-list".

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    1. I wish you to do all chores from your list, Sigrid :-)
      Happy week!

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  15. Beautiful first blooms! How wonderful that temperatures are warming and spring has arrived in your garden. It's definitely a busy time for both plants and gardeners!

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  16. Tus semilleros están preciosos llenos de flores, pero mejor esperar un poco más, aún vendrá un poco de mal tiempo Nadezda y estropee lo sembrado.
    Por aquí estamos removiendo la tierra del huerto, a ver di en mayo se puede empezar a sembar.
    Buen martes.
    Besos.

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    1. Estoy de acuerdo, Laura. El frio puede volverse, por eso no quiero de modar mis plantas ahora. Hay que esperar un poco.
      Buena semana!

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  17. I just finished cleaning up the last flowerbed yesterday, which makes me feel very satisfied. But now I need to start weeding! There is much to do in May, especially because I plant a lot of annuals, but it is something I look forward to all year. Love the little irises and puschkinias!

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    1. Rose, the next month is busy, you're right. I can imagine how tidy your garden is now. Weeds grow as mad I know. Leave them aside, have a nice break with a cup of tea looking at your nice plants :-)

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  18. There is a lot of work in the spring garden, it's true. However, it is with pleasure that the garden is beautiful, colorful and gives us joy. Regards.

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  19. Oh, you have already Anemone blanda in bloom! Mine are still tiny and it takes some warm days before they open their flowers. Spring is certainly the busyest time of the year!

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    1. These anemones were potted last autumn, Tistou. They wintered in a greenhouse and now are in bloom. It's a gift for me, I love anemones. Days are warm and sunny here sometimes it's raining that id good for garden, isn't it?

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  20. Nadezda, your begonia situation is identical to mine. I will have to try and harden them off in a couple of weeks time or else they are going to be extremely leggy. The weather here turned much cooler a few days ago and no prospect of change soon.

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    1. The same thing, Alistair. I've pushed sticks into begonia pots and tied up their stems for a day of transfer. We have warm days with rains, our spring is as always.

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  21. It's a delight to see all this fresh new growth in your garden, as our season is winding down and storms are carrying away the last blooms.

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    1. It's autumn time in your place Juliet. I hope you have had a good time picking up pearls and your memories.
      Take care, stay warm!

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  22. Boa tarde, julgo que a primavera a partir de hoje começa a ser a bela primavera que tem andado afastada, as fotos do seu jardim são maravilhosas a mostrar as lindas flores e plantas.
    Feliz semana,
    AG

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    1. Tiene razon, Antonio, la primavera esta aqui, todo florece y hace buen tiempo.
      Gracias!

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