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April in the Garden

By Alternativeeden @markngaz
Well Spring seems to have finally turned up after what seems like a much longer break so last weekend we finally got some time in the garden. I can't just blame the weather as we have been away quite a lot recently too, but it has felt too miserable to do much even when we were at home.  

April in the Garden

The patio area almost looks like summer is here, most of the plants have done ok this winter, although the agave in the bottom right hand corner is showing some damage. Hopefully it will just be marked rather than anything more serious.

April in the Garden

Feeling like summer on the top patio

April in the Garden

Schefflera taiwaniana

April in the Garden

Over four years on from the garden fire and the middle patio area is resuming its lush jungle feel. The herbaceous plants in this area are now starting to wake up.
April in the Garden

Jeffersonia diphylla

Jeffersonia diphylla

The walkway down to the pond area has shrugged this winter off without any issues, this has really started to fill out and create the full spikey look we were going for.
April in the Garden

April in the Garden

Unfortunately one casualty from winter was back in the main part of the garden, a Yucca recurvifolia has lost the rigidity in its trunk. We think this happened when we had the last snow fall. Unfortunately the main trunk is damaged about two feet up and so it will need to be cut down rather than staked.
We will cut it off and hopefully will see it sprout and continue again. The part we remove should re-root if planted, so this will be saved, and hopefully live to see another day.

April in the Garden

Fallen Yucca recurvifolia

 As always our trusted companions joined us in the garden. Cotton rarely poses long enough for a photos, but Twinkles and Nick generally will allow it!  
April in the Garden

April in the Garden

With an initial tidy up of the garden completed, we will be turning our attention to a small number of projects. Several bamboos have outlived their usefulness and will face removal in the coming weeks, and as always I have a list of activities to keep us busy into the summer.

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