Welcome to my April garden!
Spring finally arrived in April and the garden has slowly been waking up. The stars of April have been crocuses, daffodils and magnolia.
My garden can be divided into three areas:
The upper garden, which is quite developed. There are cemented patios, large raised flower beds made out of stone and lots of gravel. I’ve filled this area with large pots to add some green to all the stone. The plan is to buy a new pot every month or so, if possible. Soon I will have quite the collection. I cannot do too much permanent in this area, as we are fixing the fasade of the house this summer. The building work would damage the plants.
The middle garden is the the one that we worked on last summer. We had a digger come in to clear the area, we made a lawn around the house and also a curved path that wraps around the house. I’ve planted the area with 6 climbing roses, irises, climbing hortensia and a large rambler rose called Lykkefund.
The lower garden is by far the largest part of the property. It features a large pond, a babbling brook and the shack. We haven’t been able to do much with this area yet, except for clear out trees.
This is a shot taken from the middle garden down to the lower garden. I spend a lot of time daydreaming about looking down to this part of the garden and seeing green grass and beautiful shrubs and trees.
At the base of the large cypress tree you can see daffodils coming up and crocus fading away.
First to arrive in April were the daffodils that I planted into the ground last fall. I ordered a whole bunch of white daffodils, and they all turned out yellow. What a wonderful surprise! They have lit up corners of the garden for weeks on end, and they are still blooming as I write this.
How can this face not make you happy? Another surprise was a full petalled pom-pom variety that I don’t have a picture of yet. I am most definitely planting more next year. Daffodils bloom their heads off for such a long time!
I also went a little Magnolia crazy – by April I had planted three different kinds. My March entry featured Magnolia Leonard Messel, which I planted by the pond.
This one is called Magnolia Susan.
I fell for the rich, dark purple-pink closed flowers that almost resembled tulips… but what a surprise when the flowers opened up.
The flowers suddenly seemed much larger, and looked very different from the upright tulips-like blooms that I fell for. The blooms faded to a beautiful pink color, with a lime-green tinged center. Did you know that Magnolias are ancient? Plants identifiably belonging to the Magnolia family date to 95 million years ago.
I wrote that I planted three Magnolias in my garden. The last Magnolia that I planted is called “Magnolia Liliflora Nigra”. This Magnolia is supposed to have darker, reddish toned flowers. It will hopefully bloom for me next year, but who knows?
Magnolias are notoriously slow growers, and can take many years to bloom. I don’t mind, the garden is constantly developing.
Before the tulips buds started showing up this Anemone Blanda White Splendour showed me its pretty little face. I have mixed feelings about this flower… I’m not sure if I will plant more. If they thrive and naturalize in this flower bed then I will let them multiply.
One thing is certain: the flowers are perfect. I find myself staring at them because they almost look a digitally rendered version of a flower.
The rest of this entry is dedicated to tulip-mania. Here they are in the beginning to mid-April. Growing and stretching towards the sun daily.
In the flower beds these strange buds started showing up. They belong to Tulipa Exotic Emperor.
Towards the end of the month they were still not quite open – but already stunning. Like white roses.
Late flowering double tulips were also on their way. This one is called Tulipa Sweet Desire.
I planted affordable Darwin Hybrid tulips in my containers as test, as I was afraid that containers would kill them because of cold Norwegian winters. Success! Next year I am planting even more tulips in containers.
That’s it for April. Now all I do is to eagerly await the last frost. I cant wait to get my annuals in the ground and into pots. I may have already tried to plant a few of them already. Poor things.
Tips from a newbie: this is not recommended.