The Garden in April

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For me, April is always the time of year when I start to enjoy getting out in the garden – the weather is sunnier, the work is more productive, and there are more pretty plants in bloom. The garden still looks a little bare, but all the signs of the promise of the season to come are there.

I realised that in my previous garden posts, I’ve chosen only to show snippets of plants, rather than our garden as a whole, principally as the garden is not looking it’s most impressive right now. But I think it’s helpful to get a sense of the space as a whole, so I’m being brave and sharing a few full length shots with you here! As you can see, we still have all our garden furniture covered until a bit later in the year when the chance of frost has passed.

Full length garden shot

Full length garden shot from patio

The Raised Beds

Last month we made great progress on lots of my garden projects, the main one being my raised bed which we’ve finally constructed, and filled with soil and compost. I’ve planted half of it up with onion sets, and the other half is reserved for my leek seedlings which are growing indoors (assuming any of them make it to the planting out stage!). As soon as we filled it with soil, the local fox decided it was some kind of litter tray, so my ingenious solution has been the rather ugly garden netting and brick combo you can see in the picture below. To the side are some potato planting bags which I’ve set up too – I’m hoping for a good crop for our winter Sunday roasts!

Raised bed finished

Plants in bloom

I don’t have many early blooming plants, but our muscari is a welcome flash of colour amongst the green leaves of the lupins and allium which are still a long way off blooming.

Muscari 2

Muscari

And our first potted tulips are up, and very fancy they are too! Tulipa Angelique – a double flowering tulip, and one I didn’t expect to bloom until much later in the spring. Hopefully the others will be along to join them soon, and luckily I only seem to have lost one to the slugs! A small victory for me. One of our peonies is showing great signs already too – I think they’re so pretty when they push up out of the ground from nowhere.

Tulipa Angelique

Peony

 

A Perfect Lawn?

I’ve never been hugely fussed about having a perfect lawn. The effort required just doesn’t really fit with my more laid back, natural approach to gardening. But that said, our lawn is not looking the best – it tends to be quite damp, so moss has crept in over the winter. We also have lots of ‘dips’ and hills’, especially in the back part of the garden, which has always been a bit more neglected. My plan for April is to tackle this – we’ve just bought a lawn rake (didn’t own one before!), and I’m planning to rake out the moss (we really should have done this back in the Autumn, but I figure now is better than leaving it) and we’ll apply a lawn fertiliser to hopefully get it back to looking like new. We’re also going to fill in the dips, and sow need seed to hopefully achieve more of a flat lawn. So it’ll look a lot worse for a while, but hopefully we’ll achieve something much prettier by the end of the season.

New Planting

Unfortunately I seem to have lost 3 of my lavender plants that I was hoping would form a hedge along our patio. Unsurprising perhaps, as they got an inadvertent dousing with soapy water by my husband last year and we weren’t sure if they’d make it. Turns out, they didn’t! I’m thinking about going with some Nepeta (catmint) instead, but I’m very open to ideas if any of you have some suggestions for this space.

The one job I’m so excited to do is to unveil all the garden furniture and clean it ready to use this year! We didn’t get as much use out of it as we’d hoped last year, so I’m really keen to get out there this time round.

 

Jobs for the garden in April

  • Feed trees and shrubs with a general purpose fertiliser. Add a generous mulch of compost around hungry shrubs, which will act as a weed suppressant, and allow the soil to retain moisture, as well as providing nutrients to the plant.
  • It’s the best time now to lift and divide most perennials. The cheapest way to get new plants from your garden – just lift them up, then split apart with two forks, and there you have it – two new plants!
  • If your lawn isn’t looking in the best of condition (ours certainly isn’t!), now is the time for lawn repair. Sow new lawn, or repair bare patches.
  • Tie in climbing and rambling roses
  • Provide support for plants that will need it now, so that the plants grow up through them. Our peonies definitely require support, as do my lupins.
  • Cut the spent flowers from daffodills but leave the leaves so that the energy goes back into the bulb for next year.
  • Plant out chitted potatoes, either in the ground, or in grow bags. I’ve bought 3 potato grow bags that each have two Maris Pipers in, and I’m hoping we’ll have a good crop come the Autumn.
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33 Comments
  • Laura @dearbearandbeany
    April 6, 2016

    I too love April and a chance for us to start enjoying the garden again. It can take a while to get it all looking good after the winter months. Looks like you have quite a list there!! x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      April 6, 2016

      It’s a bit of a mammoth one, isn’t it? I’ve given myself a bit of a task with the lawn, I’m not sure why as I’m not really fussed about a perfect lawn?!

  • Stephanie
    April 6, 2016

    I have managed to get out on my garden this week too, I have been desperate too and it has been annoying me not being able to start attacking it! I love watching the new plants starting to appear, waiting to see what ones are coming first!

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      April 6, 2016

      It’s such a lovely time isn’t it? From looking out in February and thinking it looked like nothing would ever happen, to now, where it’s all go!

  • Carly @acupfullofglitter
    April 6, 2016

    You have such a great space Katy, I would love a bigger garden. Your raised bed looks fab. Hopefully the sun comes out a lot in April and you have a good chance to tackle your to do list. X
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    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      April 6, 2016

      Ah, thanks Carly – I’ve been really loathe to share the full picture, as it’s not really how I want it yet. And the raised bed certainly isn’t pretty with my fox prevention methods! But I’m feeling like April will be the month when it all happens!

  • Island Living 365
    April 6, 2016

    What a great space you have, must be lovely for entertaining in too. Love your pots, they are great for breaking up a patio aren’t they. It’s great when spring arrives and we can get out into the gardens again #HomeEtc

  • Nancy Straughan
    April 6, 2016

    I am so envious of your garden, it’s going to be so beautiful in the Summer with all the flowers out. I can’t wait until I have some outside space to enjoy!

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  • Fi - Beauty Baby and Me
    April 6, 2016

    You’re so good – I am utterly useless at gardening!! I love those tulips. I ended up caving and getting a gardener in last year I just never have the time or really the enthusiasm for gardening. Maybe your beautiful pictures will inspire me! Bring on summer xx #BloggerClubUK

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      April 6, 2016

      Thanks Fi – I do spend a fair amount of time in the garden, but you can choose more low maintenance plantings than I have if you’re short on time (and to be honest, I didn’t start getting out in the garden again until Max was over a year old!) Tulips are really easy too, and just brighten everything up so much – I love them!

  • Louisa
    April 6, 2016

    You’ve been very busy! I love this time of year in the garden with things beginning to emerge from the soil. Your garden looks like a lovely big space. Good luck with your raised bed and potatoes. #homeetc

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      April 6, 2016

      It’s certainly big! I think that’s my issue really – so many things to sort out and I’m desperate to do it all. But that’s not really possible with gardening, I need to learn to take things a bit slower.

  • Something Crunchy Mummy
    April 6, 2016

    Looks and sounds like you have lots going on and so beautiful! #bloggersclubuk xx

  • Gemma | Pushchairs & Bus Fares
    April 6, 2016

    What beautiful flowers! I always feel cheered up when I see such gorgeous colours and smell the lovely smells. I live in a London flat but dream of one day having some plants to prune! #BloggerClubUk

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      April 6, 2016

      I can relate to that – we moved here two years ago from a London flat with a teeny courtyard garden. A garden was top of my wishlist! I hope you get your garden one day πŸ™‚

  • Caro Davies
    April 6, 2016

    Your garden looks pretty tidy to me!!

    Ours is an absolute mess at the moment; as we’re in the middle of doing my she-shed, the grass has taken an absolute hammering!! It looks akin to a building site!! πŸ˜‰ Having said that, we’ve got some lovely plants begining to bloom! I took pics of them the other day with the intention of writing a little post!! Ho-hum β€” still in the drafts!! LOL!! Thanks so much for linking up lovely!! #HomeEtc

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      April 11, 2016

      Ah, but a she-shed! That will be amazing! I’d love to see your post – I love a gardening post and not many people seem to do them πŸ™‚

  • Kay Brown
    April 6, 2016

    Your post has made me feel very disorganised and unknowledgeable about our garden! We just tend to head over to Homebase around this time of year (probably not the most cost effective solution!) and plant a few bedding plants though luckily the daffs and a couple of tulips have come back of their own accord this year πŸ™‚

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      April 11, 2016

      Ah, Homebase have some great bargains on plants I always find! Lucky you to have the tulips come back, I never seem to have any luck with this and have now just accepted that I need to plant new ones each year.

  • Sarah Christie
    April 6, 2016

    omg you are so much more ahead than us, we have had a little snow again today and loads last week so there is just no signs of life other the daffodils but they are only just popping up, its because we are so high up it is so much colder in the winter so we are always weeks behind it is so weird, and this year winter just keep trying to come back I cant wait till summer and a bit of growth x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      April 11, 2016

      I keep hearing about people having snow! Hope your tulips make an appearance soon – in the few days since I wrote this post over half of ours are now out!

  • Molly Louise
    April 7, 2016

    Those tulips are just stunning! Sounds like you are on top of all your garden planning and jobs, look forward to seeing how it develops (I’ve no garden, so have to live vicariously!) #HomeEtc

  • Life With Munchers
    April 7, 2016

    You are so organised with your garden. Since we moved, I’m still surprised with what pops up through the year, as we didn’t plant it. Love the space you have #homesetc

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      April 11, 2016

      I was the same with ours – the peonies were a complete surprise when they came up the first year! A lovely surprise to have πŸ™‚

  • mummyofboygirltwins
    April 9, 2016

    Looks lovely! You don’t have a huge amount to do, but fun to get going πŸ™‚ Ours is so bare as it is brand new! So we need a good planting year this year and then watch it develop over the next few years xx Thanks for linking up, great to have you πŸ™‚ Jess xx

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  • Fionnuala Zinnecker
    April 11, 2016

    I love this Katy! Our garden is full of muscari and tulips at the moment too and our peonies are at about the same stage as yours. I really appreciate that you have shown the full garden, even if it is not at its best.

  • Stephanie Robinson
    April 11, 2016

    Looks like you’ve got it all organised and there’ll be no stopping you – now we just need the weather to warm up a bit too! #homeetc

  • Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    April 11, 2016

    You have such a lovey garden! The raised beds look fab. Good luck with your potatos! We have grown them in the past & some years they turn out better than others. Thanks so much for sharing with us at #bloggerclubuk x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      April 13, 2016

      Thanks so much Becky – I’m hopeful for the potatoes, I’ve been informed they’re very easy, but now I’m starting to question that!

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