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April 3rd to Easter – MrT’s Gardening Year – Episode 2023 03
In ‘April 3rd to Easter’ MrT’s week in his garden is punctuated by rain.
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Tuesday, April 4th:
A cold night with a frost first thing. The sun comes out and there are bees and butterflies gathering nectar from the grape hyacinths (Muscari). These have spread over the years and appear to be easy to grow!
MrT gives the lawn at the back of the house it’s first cut of the year. The mower is set high and it is much tidier afterwards.
At the front of the house MrT rakes some more moss up and sows more wildflower seeds.
Thursday, 6th April:
The first day of the new tax year!
The lettuce seedlings are coming up, time to beware of slugs as MrT doesn’t want to share his lettuces with them.
There are many primroses growing in the shrubby areas of the garden and they are starting to look lovely.
MrT removes a lot of dead wood from the dog rose hedge. This self seeded some years ago and when it flowers in the summer is loved by the bees.
It rains during the afternoon so MrT sows some more petunia seeds – the first lot didn’t come up! The seeds are like dust so it is very difficult to see if they have been sown evenly.
Sunday, 9th April – Easter Day:
Bright but cool when out of the sun.
Sadly the daffodils are past their peak however the tulips in the main border are starting to flower. At the bottom of the garden the first bluebells are in flower, in another week or so there will be a ‘haze’ of blue.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed joining me in the garden. Please keep your eyes open for my next gardening week.
Many resources to help you in the garden can be found on the RHS website. You’ll find information on all aspects of gardening and news about their five wonderful gardens at Wisley (Surrey), Bridgewater (Salford), Harlow Carr (Harrogate), Hyde Hall (Essex) and Rosemoor (Devon).
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