End of Month View: April, Not really the Cruellest Month

TS Eliot described April as
‘….. the cruellest month, breeding

Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.’

Many roots have certainly been stirred here with a fairly average month of rainfall but, rather than acting cruelly, April always offers hope and promise with the bare beds and borders of March transformed into green mounds of expectation. EOMV is a great way of keeping records and comparing our gardens from month to month and year to year, and I am grateful to Helen the Patient Gardener for hosting the meme. If you visit her blog you will find links to several other EOMVs as well as see what is happening in her garden at the end of April.

In the picture above you can see how this area has been transformed in the last month with pots of tulips and violas and an ever-increasing amount of GREEN as the trees join in the rush to get their clothes on again. Below is the streamside grass, now growing nearly as long as the daffodil foliage it harbours, and the shrub border; note crab apple ‘Royalty’ on the right (with its dark leaves and equally dark pink flowers, looking prettier than it ever has done) and the recently trimmed and transformed variegated holly in the top left. The view from the other direction is also shown.

The woodland is at its most floriferous, with bluebells and wild garlic joining the primroses, wood anemones and rhododendron ‘Cheers’:

The main borders seen from above and from ground level, borders that were largely bare soil a month ago when those pots looked empty:

The clematis colonnade from both sides, showing the various Clematis alpina:

In the woodland edge border, shown from both directions, hellebores are fading and there are some barer patches where epimedium leaves have  been trimmed for the first time. There are fat buds on most of the rhododendrons here too, and Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’ is pushing up its first new shoots.

Having worked hard to improve them, the three bold borders are looking promising and the addition of annuals in due course will help fill them with colour for several months. As yet, as it is in the main borders too, there is currently little flowering apart from the odd tulip and straggly wallflower.

The blue & white borders are looking nicely blue (and green!) with grape hyacinth and brunnera:

The revamped rose garden, however, is currently the dullest part of the garden and it is hard to know how well the new roses will be performing by the date of the garden openings in June. We can but wait and see – and hope…

The snowdrop border is still making an impact even without the snowdrops, as the hellebores here seem to grow bigger than those in the woodland edge, having little competition. Note the piles of turf are still there, due to be collected by our neighbour tomorrow.

The new semi-shaded border behind the recent greenhouse addition has been planted up today, and despite the absence of a coordinated plan it still looks fairly presentable just with the addition of foliage colour and texture – but needs more work. Hostas and ferns are still waiting to be potted up.

My monthly views are essentially to record the seasonal progress of the garden so are always shown just as they are, warts and all. If you want to see how the areas fit together there is a map under The Garden tab above; the last picture is of part of the area labelled as ‘chickens’ on the map, of which a new version is now required! I shall add it to The List…

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22 Responses to End of Month View: April, Not really the Cruellest Month

  1. I love seeing all the growth in your garden….so much blooming and filling in.

  2. I’ve posted for the first time in this end of month meme. One of the best things about doing this is being introduced to a whole range of new gardens and new gardeners. It was a treat to stroll through yours.

  3. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Burgeoning is how I’d describe your garden, with lots to look forward to.

  4. That was a lot of fun for me. You have a beautiful garden. I like the flow of the structures with the plants and I’ve always been partial to bricks. I’m off to see your map.

  5. Anna says:

    Oh shades of ‘A’ level English Literature come to mind Cathy – T.S. Eliot’s ‘Selected Poems’ was one of our set texts. I think that this April has been capricious to say the least but not cruel. It’s amazing just how much growth there has been over a few weeks – just look at your pots of hostas! I hadn’t realised that you now have a new bed to plant up behind the the new greenhouse. Looks as if you are having fun planting it up and tonight’s rain will be a bonus. Fingers crossed for those roses.

    • Cathy says:

      TS Eliot at A level for me too, Anna – I often find myself quoting lines of Prufrock… Must do a map of the new area to make it clearer as it has never really been shown prior to now. I keep meaning to look back at previous years to check the speed of growth in other years. None of the new ones are climbers so they will need to bush out to make an impact – as well as flower!

  6. Heyjude says:

    I like your warts an all approach. Good to see how the garden looks from month to month and year to year. It is fascinating to see how quickly things green up and shoot once the sun shines!

  7. bcparkison says:

    I love all of your garden “rooms:” It should be beautiful very soon.

  8. Christina says:

    The new bed in the last image is quite large so this new area will be a good new addition to the rest of the garden. As you will (presumably) be using the new greenhouse for winter beauties will you plant the bed with winter flowering plants to make this area have a real impact at that time of year?

    • Cathy says:

      I am hoping to, Christina, as it is directl visible from the downstairs bedroom but the bed gets little direct sunlight which very much restricts choice. Most of what I have added so far is for foliage but there is a purple stemmed sarcococca and some hellebores -and who knows, i might even add another witch hazel (didn’t expect to have space for another!). I am still on the lookout though, and any suggestions would be welcome. Same with the greenhouse, although I will be revisiting other blogs to check out what goodies others have had. I have moved my potted eucomis in and some nerines, and have added a pot of cobaea grown from seed

      • Christina says:

        I’m undecided what to have in my new outside enclosed space too. A close study of what Liz has will be helpful I think!

  9. Your garden looks inviting Cathy. I love Your interesting container effects, your different rooms and pink Studio!

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you – and it is very deceptive from the front of the house so visitors are always in for a surprise!

  10. Cathy I love how everything has grown and turned green with different nuances. Your garden has all the divine corners. I especially like the first photo: the white garden chairs with the pink tulips and in front blue violet pots. Now I’m going to see the map. Have a good week. Greetings from Margarita.

  11. Ali says:

    Lovely to see it all filling out and greening up.

  12. Cathy says:

    I had to laugh when you mentioned the straggly wallflowers again! You really don’t like them, do you! 😉 There is a big difference this month after your damp April and your lush green growth is enviable… still no prospect of rain coming our way!

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