A Tour of the April Garden

My garden is starting to wake up. I love this time of year when everything starts coming up after a long winter. It’s still cold, but things are growing. Hellebore season is underway.

I thought it would be fun to take you on a visual tour of my garden to see what’s happening this April 7, 2023.

The sky is clear and the air is crisp. A little too crisp for my liking, but I dare not mention it or it might snow 😂.

The 2023 April Garden - Front garden bed
Front garden after removing the White pine

We needed to remove the white pine in the front garden after two brutal winter storms. The remaining pines look pretty mangy too. They lost a few more limbs during the ice storm.

April garden front island border
Front island border in April garden

It’s great to see everything greening up. The forget-me-nots are poking there heads above the ground and I’m starting to see buds on the daffodils.

The Mary Garden in April

You can check out a tour of the April garden in 2021 to see how things have changed over the last two years. This time of year is filled with hope even though things look bare.

April Garden Photos

Spring is a special time of year. I highly recommend taking a few minutes to step outside and soak up the beauty of nature. Trust me, it’s good for the soul!

An Update on My Seed Starting Activities

I finished planting my flower seeds for the 2023 season. The basement grow station is filled to the rim with baby plants and cuttings.

I’m grateful this season for new friends that shared seeds with me. My friend Bernadette gave me so many wonderful seeds to grow this season. One seed is totally new to me. It’s called Love in the Puff (Cardiospermum halicacabum).

If you are unfamiliar with Love in the Puff (Cardiospermum halicacabum), it’s a vine with long, fern-like leaves. It’s covered with tiny white blooms and has these amazing green balloon-shaped pods. Inside the pods, you will find these magical black seeds that have a white heart on them.

As soon as I saw that heart, I was smitten. Nature truly is remarkable.

Love in the Puff (Cardiospermum halicacabum) seeds

I’m also excited to grow some plants to be used for natural dying. I’m growing coreopsis and Japanese indigo (Persicaria tinctoria).

The plan is to harvest the plants to make natural fabric dyes.

Japanese indigo (Persicaria tinctoria)

My coleus and white polka-dot seedlings are growing well. You can see them in the photo below as well as a look at my basement grow station.

Coleus and Polka-dot Plant Seedlings
Basement grow station now filled to capacity

Happy gardening friends!

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