Sunday, May 2, 2021


"No Winter lasts forever, no Spring skips its turn. April is a promise that May is bound to keep, and we know it." - Hal Borland

April never fails to deliver on her promise of beautiful flowers -above is 'bee's jubilee' a prolific repeat blooming clematis.

The hellebores have been blooming since late February/early March and their lovely bobbing heads greet me as I walk the garden path.

Daffodils have faded but another cheery perennial-the Japanese roof iris, shows her pretty head.  I love their short, sturdy stems and the spiky texture of their foliage and have spread them through-out my garden.

The boulder garden in early April is filled with  blooming woodland phlox and ajuga . I am planting more Ajuga along the border of the pathway to get an even better Spring show next year.  The Japanese roof iris kept its green foliage all winter and evergreen sedges add texture as well.

By late April the garden had filled in considerably.

   The 'lady banks ' rose on the arbor  ( the only evergreen, thornless rose ! ) bloomed beautifully this month as did the Chinese  'snowball ' viburnum . The 'autumn sage ' ( salvia 'greggii' ) on the upper left side kept its greenery all winter and will soon put out her cheerful red blossoms.

True to her promise, April brought ample rainfall and as a result the garden was lush with new growth.  

   And what is April without lilacs ?  Lilacs are fineky about our Southern heat but I found a hybrid that was developed to endure it - 'pocahontus '  is among the earliest blooming.

" April is a promise that May is bound to keep ..."

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