In April it is about the snow melting (goal no.1). Then it is about the ground becoming diggable (goal no.2). After that the goal is for the garden to waken to life and shoot its life signs out through the ground. Like small islands in an ocean of last years leaves and dried plant parts crocus, snow drops, winter aconite, scillia and the earliest winter roses bloom. As soon as the weather allows and it’s possible I start tidying the winter away and revealing the small flowering bulbs so that they get full freedom. Shooting peonies sometimes get a protective layer over them. I have experienced the cat accidently destroying the little shoots. And that you don’t want. It is difficult every time to believe that all the naked soil will in a few weeks be an abundance of flourishing plants. Nothing to do but wait for the warmth and preferably a couple of rainstorms, and then all will be fine.
Newly awoken garden
Breathtaking christmas roses
The dahlias are potted at the beginning of April, at the latest.
More about that and the care of dahlias HERE.
When the garden hasn’t got started yet I want to make it lush and green with pots with bulbs, pansies, christmas roses and other goodies that can take a few minus degrees. The last few years quite a few pots and buckets have been planted with bulbs in the autumn to make a head start on spring time a bit earlier.