09 Apr Garden Walks Begin This Week!
This Saturday morning I will be demonstrating how to cut back perennials and summer blooming shrubs. The FIRST thing you should do if your gardening time is limited is cut back any leftover Epimedium foliage. The buds are already starting to emerge from the crowns and if you wait, you will have to do it very painstakingly by hand instead of in a couple of quick swipes with your garden sickle. You should also cut off all of last year’s Hellebore leaves- the new ones will look so much nicer. Cut back Montauk daisies, Liriope, and ornamental grasses now.
Now is the time to prepare for the arrival of hummingbirds. The migration north has started. Click here to see the map of where they are at this point! You want to get your feeders out and ready before they arrive which will be in 2-3 weeks. Hang more than one feeder out of sight from the other to deter territorial males.
We have so many hummingbird feeders to choose from this year. I plant lots of flowers to feed the hummingbirds and lure them close to my deck and kitchen window. This year I am finally getting feeders as my husband is now totally into feeding the birds and will be willing to add the sugar water and clean the feeder on a regular basis. It is a ritual for us to sit on the deck, sip a glass of wine, and watch the hummingbirds. It slows us down and makes us simply sit and BE in the present moment. It’s amazing what we see! The earliest flowers for the hummingbirds that you can plant include coral bells, azaleas, fuchsias, bleeding hearts, Pulmonaria, Ajuga, and quince. Guess what? Many of these plants will be arriving in the next week or so, just in time. Some are already here. We have a great handout on Hummingbird Gardening. Click here to download a copy.
Before you jump full speed ahead into gardening, take my advice and stretch. Limber up your winter-weary body and work into it slowly. The first warm, sunny day that I have off I tend to overdo it and my body rebels. As I get older I realize how important it is to build my strength and stamina up over the next few weeks. Take breaks and plant up your pots or fiddle in your raised beds, sitting on the edge and sowing seeds. Every once in a while, stand up from your bending position and reach your hands up to the sky and reverse your position, stretching backwards. At the same time, you might just see birds flying across a bright blue sky. If you kept your head down for hours you would have missed them!
Come by this week and see how pretty everything looks as our benches fill up with all sorts of April color. I can’t wait to get to work every morning to see what’s new. Natureworks has been transformed in a few short weeks. You MUST come visit…
I know I’ll see you very soon!