rain and roses
April is the month of showers and swift changes in temperature. One minute it’s warm sunshine, the next torrential downpourand even hail!
All this is great for the garden, and if you are tough enough to brave the elements, your garden will reward you later in the year.
Why plant when it’s cold? Plants enjoy all this chilly rain; it makes them perky. They are busy growing underground where it is more insulated and rich with nutrients. Those little roots are working away, establishing themselves and building up their stores for self-sustainment through the dry summer.
Smart gardening means planting at the best time, and that means while it is raining. If you do all the work now, you may get a little damp but you can relax and enjoy the garden when it is nice out. Much better than playing catch-up, trying to nurture undernourished plants through the more difficult drought season.
So, there is still time to get those Lillies in, and of course those elegantly simple trilliums. And new in the Nursery are Rosesshrubs and climbers.
Look out for the Rugosas Blanc Double De Coubert white, delicate & deliciously fragrant, or add a splash of vibrant color with Belle Poitevine and climber Rosa John Cabot.
And remember the Three Gardens and a Nursery Tour on Vashon on the 11 June. Tickets are on sale now and numbers are limited to this intimate view of Island Artists' Gardens.
Follow DIG on FaceBook, as we give you sneak peeks of what’s in store on the tour.