April gardening tasks may have to be carried out in rain, sleet, snow or scorching sunshine! Easter weekend at the end of March starts the seasonal garden shopping at the plant nursery and garden centre; so you may find our blog on what to look for when buying plants helpful to read first.
Three Gardening Tasks for April
- Red Roses for St George’s Day on April 23rd – what are good red roses? Rosa ‘a moment in time’ was rose of the year in 2012 and is still good. A floribunda rose, meaning that it repeat flowers through summer and autumn, it has a light fragrance and is happy in the flower border or a container. Buy and plant now so it develops a good root system before flowering.
- Garden pests are coming out of the woodwork – quite literally in some cases if you didn’t clean your greenhouse last autumn! Check for aphids & red spider mite in the greenhouse and on indoor plants. Be sure to use organic sprays and pesticides or introduce nematodes, which work particularly well in confined areas.
- Give your decking a good scrub or pressure wash before you start to use it for BBQs. Do your folding tables and chairs easily open and close? Add a bit of grease to make it easier to open them, and check that all the fastenings are secure.
Things to watch for in your Garden
Eating chocolate is an Easter delight, but did you know that you can have chocolate scented flowers in your garden? Chocolate cosmos (Cosmos astrosanguineus) is a tender tuberous perennial that you can start into growth this month. Like a dahlia, this cocoa scented flower with velvet brown petals flower grows each year from a tuberous root. For more chocolate garden ideas, have a look at What is a Chocolate Garden?
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Gardens to visit this month
Orchards full of blossom are always a winner, Alnwick has over 300 Tai Haku cherry trees (the great white cherry); lovely.
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