Who would expect wilderness just a short 5km from Victoria’s inner harbour?
Checking out the wildflowers in April & May is at the top of my list for reasons to be a tourist in Victoria.
AND if you’re fortunate enough to be around during the last saturday of April, it’s worthwhile checking out Camas Day in Beacon Hill Park. Its hosted by Friends of Beacon Hill Park & has wildflower tours & speakers. 🙂
The birds are waking me up with the sunrise at this time of year. They’re busy nesting & hooking up. The bird bath is occasionally dry now, so it’s good to give it a good cleaning & refill. Even birds need a nice spa treatment when things are hectic, right?
Keep the lawn mower blades sharpened & the proper bits lubricated as the machine is back in regular use now.
Give the garden hoses & sprinklers a good once over to be sure they’re in shape for the upcoming dry season.
Keep those pruners & clippers sharp, too!
It’s best to clean pruners between bushes. Spray with a 10% bleach + water mixture. This helps to prevent the spread of diseases through the garden.
Pinch back snapdragon & other summer bloomers to promote bushier plants & more blooms
Shear back winter heathers after blooms peter out.
Shear back rosemary.
Prune conifers when the bright new growth starts to darken to the matching shade of green (as needed to contain size)
Prune stone fruit trees while blooming (plum, peach, cherry, nectarine…)
Roses can be pruned when the forsythia is in bloom.
Prune back ornamental grasses 4-6 inches from the ground & compost clippings.
Once the Corsican Hellebore is finished blooming the whole stem can be cut to the ground. New stems will bloom next year.
Forsythia & Other flowering shrubs should be pruned right after flowering so they have the full growing season to prepare for next year’s bloom
start with removing dead, diseased & damaged limbs
then take out crossing branches, & give the interior of the shrub some breathing space
take out some old branches to allow for fresh growth
try not to get too crazy… 1/3 of the living growth is plenty 🙂
Add compost or sea soil to areas of heavy feeding
Sprinkle horticultural lime around clematis & scratch it into mulch
If you’re really wanting a lush lawn, now’s the optimum time to fertilize.
Fertilize spring bulbs after bloom so that they can soak up as many nutrients & rebuild the bulbs for next year.
note: Let the leaves (solar panels) can soak up as much goodness from the sunshine to help out with the rebuild
Plant summer flowering bulbs (dahlias, gladioli & lilies), depending on the soil conditions. They don’t like sitting in waterlogged soils.
Sow sweet peas and hardy annuals such as alyssum & marigolds.
New rhodos, camellias & other spring temptations are in the nurseries. Get newly acquired plants into ground ASAP
dig the hole just a bit wider & deeper than the pot leaving some loose soil in the bottom
add bone meal as a root booster & compost as a fertilizer… stir in some water
gently tap plant out of its container & set in hole so that it matches ground level… fill in hole with mix of compost & original soil … firm in
water well so air pockets bubble out of any places around the roots
With the temperature increasing so is growth. Thank goodness for that January mulching! It helps keep moisture in the soil, but also really deters weeds. Wander through the beds digging the occasional perennial weed (dandelion) as well as any snails or slugs as you discover them.
If the mulching didn’t happen, keep a check on the carpet of young weeds and remove them before they take hold… Pop weed goes to seed quickly, so get rid of it fast!
Peonies are jumping out of the ground. Before the plants get so big that branches will break during support installation, get those peony rings in place. (I use tomato cages instead)