Early April in the Garden

It is getting warmer now, and the garden seems to be coming to life again. All around the flowers are not as prolific this year due to a late freeze that did some damage to the buds. Still, the light pink azalea is producing blooms and the bumble bees are having a great time.

Early April in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

As was the case last year, the white shows the most damage in the discoloration of the blooms. But I still love the white flowers.

Early April in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Covering the tulips helped, and the pink ones are in full flower.

Early April in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Dawn on a quiet morning, sunlight makes an interesting pattern on the ground from the leafless trees. This time of day is so peaceful.  Crisp mountain air, hot coffee, breathe.  Soon the trees will leaf out, and the mountain views to the east will be obscured until fall.

Early April in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

The azaleas in the circle are sparse, but the ones that are blooming are pretty. Several others haven’t started yet, and the dogwood is still dormant.

Early April in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

A view down the drive from our home, more azaleas are coming out. It doesn’t seem like we will see the profusion of blooms all down the side of the meadow this year.

Early April in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

We have new visitors to the meadows and the back yard. This Eastern Towhee was scratching for food.

Early April in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

His mate was nearby. She seemed to be more interested in bits of twigs and grass, and I am hoping that means she is building her nest nearby.

Early April in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

It seemed like this female cardinal might also have a nest in mind.  I hope so.  Her mate was in the rhododendron but I couldn’t get a good picture of him.

Early April in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

We had a visit from a Northern Flicker as well.

Early April in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Another dawn, and a foggy morning over the valley. Looking out over the hushed silence of the morning, there was time to appreciate the beauty of our world.

Early April in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Goldfinches wearing their brighter color jostled for position on the feeder.

Early April in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

The hostas are coming up strong, and soon will completely cover the bare ground around the tree.  My one little red tulip gallantly blooms all by itself.

Early April in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

The redbud is blooming, hosting a number of bees and butterflies.  I am hoping that the new growth coming from the bottom will fill in the bare spots.  DH has pruned it a bit severely to get the branches off the driveway.

Early April in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Closer to the small blooms, the pink color is intense, and lots of buds have yet to open.

Early April in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Another new visitor, I am not sure who this is. I don’t think it is Bert or Ernie as he acts differently. He puffs a lot and gobbles loudly, happy for a handout of whole grain bread. But he has been in a scuffle or two as his bedraggled tail attests.  But, how would I know?  He might just be acting differently because it is spring.  In any case, he is fun to watch.  And he seems to like the bread treat.

Early April in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

It is surely spring when the robins appear.

Early April in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Small violas cover the mountainside behind the house, and sporadically in front.

Early April in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

The white and purple one I planted in the garden came back this year.

Early April in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

In the small clearing behind the garage, ajugas are blooming profusely, covering a large section. The pollinators like them too.

Early April in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

I’ve taken so many more pictures, but this is enough for now. I love sitting on the veranda and enjoying the quiet solitude of our place, the mountain views ever changing, nature ever evolving.  We still have a week to go before the last frost date, but I think it is safe now to do some gardening.  The forecast is for temps in the 70s all week, with lows in the 40s.  Time to begin hardening off the seedings in the basement.  Some are still alive, but some died for no good reason that I can tell.  Oh well, will see what happens when I get them replanted.

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36 thoughts on “Early April in the Garden

  1. VaMaMa

    What gorgeous pictures of your lovely home! Thanks for sharing them with us. Do you, by any chance, know the source of your goldfinch feeder? It is really impressivel

  2. Such beauty! I love the mountains. You’re posts that include pictures are my escape. I sit here and stare remembering the beauty of the mountains. Maybe one day I’ll be able to move to some – fingers crossed. Down here in central Georgia, I had most of my seeds going until an odd cold snap killed everything. We -just- replanted our seeds yesterday. Lots of tomatoes, corn, peppers, green beans, eggplant, okra and numerous summer & winter squash and melons. It’s almost time to pull the onions and garlic we planted last year. We’ve left 2 patches of mustard go to flower because there seems to be not much else blooming right now around our home. There is a constant state of activity in them with the honey bees, ground bees, bumble bees, various wasps, ladybugs, lacewings, and loads of other insects so the mustard plants are staying until they are exhausted or until the rest of the garden has things blooming.

  3. What a beautiful spot you have, Carole! Here in Colorado, the daffodils and tulips are blooming, and our Spring Snow Crab finally bloomed this week. We had a lot of fun watching the birds enjoy our birdbath yesterday – robins, cedar waxwings, finches, and even a couple of goldfinches! We really enjoy the birds!

  4. Melanie

    Thank you for the lovely garden tour, complete with visitors! Your photography is spectacular. We have some of the same plants here in so. OR, but the deer LOVE hostas and I have to grow them behind the fence in our backyard. What makes your deer more polite?? LOL We have possible freeze until mid-May here but some azaleas are now in bloom.

  5. Jan

    Your photos are wonderful…they remind me of the drives I’ve had down through the mountains of NC. You sure live in a beautiful place! Our gardens aren’t quite in gear yet, but we have a few snowdrops poking up, and the daffodils are a few inches tall. The big spring news here is the streams that flow down through my lower woods. They are just pouring with snowmelt, hundreds of gorgeous little waterfalls cascading over rocks.

  6. Myrna

    Thank you Carole, love seeing your garden so early in the spring, beautiful picture. Lots of rain and cool in BC, one happy note my special red and white flowering tulips for Canada’s 150 year birthday are up. Hope I can post a picture in a few weeks of the tulips along with the Snow Cloud Lilac tree.
    I look forward to your posts, such a variety of subjects, all made interesting. Have a great day.

  7. Pat Evans

    Here in western NY the forsythia is just starting (there were no blooms last year), the daffodils and hyacinths are also beginning to bloom. No tulips here because of the deer and the rabbits have given the crocuses a haircut. I need to do a second spraying of Liquid Fence to deter the deer, but it seems to be less effective each year and there are more deer than ever. There were 13 in my backyard, near the deck, earlier this week. If they all take a sample, it doesn’t take long to destroy the fresh young growth. I’m looking to cut back on the gardens as the wildlife and my aging body are taking a toll. I’d rather buy fabric than keep replacing plants.

  8. catsandroses

    I so enjoy your gardening and wildlife photos, feel like I’m taking a stroll through your beautiful neck of the woods. I’m a bit concerned about the lack of bee activity here so far — my plum tree is in full bloom (beautiful white blooms just covering it, looks like a cloud!) and I haven’t seen a single bee around it. Don’t think it will get pollenated at this rate. Have had a colder and wetter Spring than normal here, so that may be the cause. My forsythia is still in full bloom as well as the the red currant bushes. The grape hyacinths are blooming, but my one big patch of daffodils got squashed by a big pile of wood chips from our tree removal, so no daffodils this year. Right now I am mostly excited to see the rose bushes all leafed out and to know that soon the buds will follow. I am SO excited to have found out about a ‘Downton Abbey’ rose collection (ordered from Breck’s) and have dug two big holes in my rose garden to prepare for ‘Edith’s Darling’, ‘Anna’s Promise’ (this one is STUNNING, can’t wait!), and ‘Pretty Lady Rose’ (which will go in a pot on my deck). There’s always room for one (or two or three or…..) new rose in my yard!!

  9. Hello Carole! Your photos and words are so calming and yet exciting because of the spring in the air. I showed Kevin your picture of the Turkey and he said “Holly Toledoes!” We have not seen any of the turkeys since the day we had a flock of 16 in our front area. We so enjoyed watching them throughout the day. We had frost on the ground two days ago and last night and the night before we had quite a bit of snowfall in the mountains around us. We are not advised to start planting until sometime in May. Although, I do have a few perienials bulbs coming up. Like you, hubby and I love to sit out on the porch and just listen to natural nature and see nature changing. Thank you for sharing your part of this beautiful world with us! Have a great day!

  10. lois92346

    I always love the photos you post of your lovely property and wildlife as I struggle to grow anything so lush in my climate due to water restrictions and lack of rainfall.

  11. For many years, we lived near Lake Tarawera, and I could look out to the Mountain, the lake, and right across to the south. I miss that, and seeing your early morning view is so beautiful, even when covered in mist and fog, The driveway with shrubs starting to colour, the hostas bravely shooting after a winter rest, and tulips, they are one of my favourite spring bulbs., Here, they are all for sale everywhere.

  12. Sue H

    My tulips, azaleas, and redbud are blooming also. I was pleasantly surprised when I found my gerbera daisies blooming down in the basement. I’ve started hardening them off so they can really come back this summer!

  13. Rosemaryflower

    Your little patch on the planet looks very pretty. I love all of your feathered visitors.
    We have a Robin family living under neath the deck in the back. It is nice, very protected and i just love it, but went those babies start their flying lessons, I tell the mowers the back yard is off limits for at least a week. I am trying to be watchful this year.
    other than that event, I bought a dozen packages of seeds and I am going to spread them willy nilly (with my trusty bucket of top soil) in a few days

  14. Thanks for sharing your pretty scenes from the mountains. I pledged Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday this week to yard work. I have a circle garden between the drives that has been sorely neglected. After cleaning out two trailer loads of leaves from along the fence, I got busy in the garden. I couldn’t find my basket of tools, and when I told the hubby we needed a shopping trim to W-M; he promptly found the tools I wanted in the back garage. I did end up getting a long handled hoe with tines on the other side, and a smaller (my size) shovel. I tackled the circle garden starting at the back side, where the mums are running wild. I managed a 10’x4′ patch today, digging out those bedraggled mums, and making the little mounds of lilies (forgot the variety) look a bit happier. Think I need to send the hubby back to W-M for about 10 bags of mulch to “cover” this area tomorrow, while I move on through the garden. I can’t believe the daffs are done and the tulips are already in bloom. My azaleas look terrible, not a bud or leave to be seen. Broken nails and sore back, I deserve a cold adult beverage, some time in the hot tub and somebody else can cook dinner!

  15. Don’t you just love watching the world wake up again. I love your tulips…they look so happy!! Oh and the cool, crisp mornings…we start our mornings greeted by the birds now….love that too!!

  16. Beautiful photos, Caroline. My father used to run a wholesale azalea nursery, but I’ve never successfully grown them. Lovely to see photos of yours. I so enjoy seeing birds in my garden, and I can see you do, too. We bought some Australian natives today, and if it’s not raining, I’m going to plant them tomorrow. Enjoy your Spring gardening.

  17. Carole, you are so lucky, you have so much plant and animal life on your door step. Your photos remind me of my childhood. I lived in the country and there was always so much so see outside our back door.

  18. Joni

    Lovely yard, Carole! Right now in my part of the Pacific NW, my cherry trees are blooming, the gravenstein apple tree is blooming and all 26 birdhouses surrounding the garden are filled with tree swallows, nuthatches and chickadees. I counted 18 barn swallow nests in the barns. I love spring! Thank you for the beautiful photos.

  19. Phyllis Smith

    Hello from finally sunny Ga.,
    Well after all the stormy weather we had early last week I’m finally back on line and had over 200 e-mails added onto my already long list I hadn’t read so am trying to play catch up. The storm knocked my comp. off and they just got it fixed this morning. My azaleas have also bloomed and I have one last tree that is finally beginning to show some buds of leaves. I haven’t seen any of my wood peckers as yet but the robins have been around for several weeks and I have a family of towhees that have been my friends for so many years I can’t remember how long. I throw out seeds for them under my gardenia bush and they always come by looking for it. I like to hear their little calls. I seen a blue bird in my neighbors yard yesterday, had one nest in my dads blue bird house he made for me several years before he passed so I cherish seeing the birds using it. Painted a lot of the houses he made for me different ways and have them hanging all around the yard, course they are beginning to show some deterioration by now. Love your avocado recipes, when dad lived in Miami ,Fla he had a mango and avocado tree but being a teen I didn’t care for either but I love avocados now and make a lot of recipes with them, finally wised up to good eats!
    Need to get back to answering some of these e-mails and deleting all the junk ones.
    Have a wonderful Easter with your family

  20. Such beautiful pictures and I love your hostas. Ours are looking very spindly and drab. Hopefully when the weather starts to be consistently warm we’ll see some improvement. I enjoy looking at your pictures.

  21. Jann Olson

    I love going out into the garden. I snapped photos in mine yesterday as well. You’re a bit ahead of us. My Redbud is blooming, and my hostas are up, but leaves have not unfurled yet. So fun seeing the visitors to your garden. That turkey is really quite something! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  22. Mom

    I enjoyed the pretty flowers and all the birds.
    I recently put out a birdbath and love watching the birds splashing in it and enjoying the water!

  23. Mary Jean Cunningham

    After a serious illness in the family, I am getting back to normal and found I hadn’t opened this posting – just beautiful! Love the redbud in particular, but all the variety of flowers, shapes, colors, sizes in nature are wonderful to see and your photos are lovely. I also enjoying seeing the turkeys, too, along with all the other lovely bird “friends” you have.

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