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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Garden in the Beginning of April

In April, every day brings something new to the garden.
Here are some pictures. 

Forget-me-not is a star of the early April garden:

Camellia growing in the big pot:

This Euphorbia is the smallest of all my euphorbias.  I'd say it's very small.
I can't figure out what she needs.

Herbacious peonies are doing fine:

Meanwhile, my tree peony got some frost damage and lost several buds.
Hosta (Thank you Jim!) in the tall pot. I hope slugs are acrophobic and won't reach it so high.

Blackcurrant has pretty small  flowers and  fragrant leaves which I  add to my tea:

Magnolia is finishing its bloom, and now, there is a carpet of petals beneath it.

Monarda never disappoints me:


Hostas surprised me with how fast they emerged from the ground and began to grow!

Hooray! Blue poppies look very promising:

Schisandra chinensis is famous for its shade tolerance, but you can see how much it enjoys sun.
I see some buds. It means I might have berries:

All astilbes in my garden came from the same mother-plant, but different plants are on different stages of growth. Some have unfurled their leaves already, but others are still looking like aliens:

Edgeworthia is a newby in my garden. I bought it at the NWFGS in February:

As I said before, forget-me-nots can be seen in different parts of the garden:

I need to keep these boxwoods in control.
The potager garden doesn't need them to be too high:

Japanese maples are slowly opening their leaves:

This one is growing in a container. I found a seedling in the back yard, and now,
I'm watching as the little ugly duckling is turning into a beautiful swan:

Pieris was planted under the huge fir trees without any hope for long lasting.
It replaced other shrubs which didn't make it competing with firs.
But it looks wonderful!

The dogs have a shady spot near the utility area:

Japanese forest grass is spreading nicely:

I am pleased to see native dicentra spreading.
I planted one or two plants brought from our friends' farm, and look how many are here now:

In terms of speed of spreading, Labrador violets are competing with forget-me-nots::

All in all, I am pleased how the garden is emerging after the winter. The only frost victims are pink cordyline and a young gunnera.

I hope your garden brings you only good surprises!

***Copyright 2014 TatyanaS


  1. You have so many beautiful leaves, flowers and buds. Amazing magnolia ! Wishing you a nice week ahead, Tatyana !

  2. Everything looks so beautiful! I love that tall pot that you have the hosta growing in. That will look fabulous! I love having forget-me-nots in the garden. When my father-in-law passed away almost 10 years ago, he asked to have the seeds given out at his memorial, as a remembrance for him.
    Good to see that your blue poppy came back again for you. I saw one to purchase the other day, and I just haven't made the jump yet because I know they are fairly difficult to make happy.
    Have a great day! Heather

    1. Hi Heather! How special those flowers are that grow from your father-in-law seeds!
      I know you'll get that blue poppy one day! Give it some shade and some sun, protect from winds. If it worked for me, it should work for you! They are difficult to grow from seeds, but mine were bought as decent size plants, and they will bloom already 3rd season. Good luck!

  3. Oh my gosh ~ What beauty you have surrounding you! It must be so wonderful to walk around your gardens. I love your moss covered border too. Thank you for sharing. Your photos made me want to get out into my own gardens.

    Have a lovely Easter ~ FlowerLady

    1. Lorraine, thank you! The weather is good, at last, and I spend hours in the garden each day. You too have a nice Easter!

  4. Love your forget-me-nots...I've been pulling any out that I see because they get powdery mildew as soon as they start blooming. Maybe I'll leave a few and watch them closely. My blue poppies didn't come back. I forgot to cover them before it got too wet and cold, I guess. I'll have to pick your brain to see how you get them to come back every year. Karen Mashburn

    1. Hi Karen! I will watch my forget-me-nots for any mildew, thanks for warning!
      As for my blue poppies, I didn't cover them, but their spots have good drainage. Young gunnera didn't have it, plus a couple of frosts - and it's gone!

  5. I love these photo's of your garden Tatyana, the new growth slowly emerging after winter. Your dog looks very happy with a grin on his face. There is a beautiful feeling about the garden you have created.

    1. I am so happy to read your words, Karen! Thank you!

  6. Oh, we are so far behind you, but everything looks so wonderful. Can you believe, we are actually expecting snow tomorrow? Some of my early daffodils are blooming but will drop their heads if there is snow.


    1. Eileen!!!! No! Snow in April? It's time to move!

  7. I just got done taking photos of my garden for a post like this one for Tuesday! Glad to see you garden is coming along!
    Pretty Lovely

    1. Jordyn, yes, it's coming along, and it looks like it's coming TOO fast! Today was such a warm, sunny, almost summery day, but I am not ready for summer yet! There are so many garden chores!!!

  8. April is a lovely month in your garden--it looks like paradise! You have an amazing collection of Forget-Me-Knots! I've never planted them, but I think you've convinced me to add some to my planters. Gorgeous, gorgeous photos.

  9. I forgot to ask: Do your Forget-Me-Nots re-seed and come back every year?

    1. Beth, I started growing them very recently, from a little pack of seeds. They breed as fast as rabbits!!! Yes, they overwinter, self-seed and try to occupy the whole garden! I always have an intention to thin them out, but the truth is - they look good in masses! So, after they finish blooming, I thin them out and leave only nice green plants. Actually, after they seeded, they can be pulled out. Good luck, and keep you eye on them!!!

  10. Your garden is always beautiful but the excitement of newly emerging foliage in spring adds an extra layer of beauty to enjoy. I always admire your evergreens, both the background trees and the clipped boxwood which make your garden a showplace in any season! If you would like more native dicentra, please let me know as I have too much of it and would love to give it away! I'm also excited to see that your garden will be open for an NPA tour. I'm looking forward to seeing your paradise in person and meeting you!

    1. Peter, I'm looking forward to seeing you! I'm afraid you'll be bored since you've seen all my garden in detail!

  11. Tatyana, your garden is looking good! It always a joy to see plants awakening and growing after winter. I love my wild violets, which spread through the natural areas. I was horrified when my husband sprayed them with a weed killer last year! Fortunately, they are recovering nicely. I also have Japanese maple seedlings. I pot up the prettiest and let them grow until I find the right occasion to give them to friends.

    1. Deb, you need to watch that husband of yours! He is dangerous, ha-ha! It's so nice of you to give baby-maples to your friends! It's a great idea!

  12. When you figure out what euphorbia needs, will you let me know? I do know that they like it to be hot, dry, and sunny, and they do NOT like super cold winters like we just had. They showed their displeasure by refusing to live. Now I'll need another though, because I do love the Bonfire Euphorbia!

  13. Everything looks so fresh and new. It's all just beautiful! Happy spring! I really love the contrast of the shrub with the yellow leaves next to the forget me not's by the stone wall. :o)

  14. All the new growth and blooms certainly is rejuvenating.

  15. It all looks so beautiful! That pieris is stupendous.

  16. The garden is wonderful! I love it!


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