It’s all beginning to hot up…

in the garden at least, if not the weather.

Mid-April and my clients’ gardens are pretty much where they need to be for the time of year. A day of non- stop rain yesterday, however, looked like washing out our own garden chores for the weekend (I feel cheated when I can’t get into my own).

And so Sunday dawns, and whilst there’s still no sign of an April sun, it’s dry at least so the work can commence. But where to start?

A nice cup of Earl Grey and then planting the remaining Verbascum phoenecium ‘Violetta’ and 24 Gladiolus ‘Passos’ corms.


Then to the greenhouse which is positively groaning under the weight of propagated plants, seedlings and divisions. It’s such a luxury to have my own private nursery of plants. Plants which I’ve propagated because I love them. A tray full of Echinacea ‘Magnus’, Coreopsis ‘Early Sunrise’, Salvia ‘Caradonna’, Achillea ‘Terracotta’ and Aster frikartii ‘Wunder von Stafa’ are transported to the front garden.


The old water feature stopped working a couple of years ago, so we decided to empty the dregs, retain the butyl liner and fill it with compost and plant it up with moisture loving perennials. A Lobelia cardinalis 'Queen Victoria' and a Hosta, are planted alongside one Equisetum hymale and a Houttuynia cordata rescued from the old water feature. They'll look great together once they get growing…



And then finally, having re-seeded the lawns, I get a chance to have a wander round to see what’s going on in the garden… And here’s what I found:

Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae
Anemone blanda ‘White Splendour’
Chionodoxa lucilae




Author: Mike the Gardener

Freelance gardening writer, consultant and designer. Mike Palmer is a passionate and professional plantsman, offering services in garden writing, consultancy and garden design. Mike is also available for garden and plant related talks and presentations. Mike has been a professional horticulturalist for over fifteen years.

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