April Notes 2018

April, the time when all the other gardeners are happily running around getting their seedlings and mulch, I’m practicing the art of doing nothing and doing quite well I might add. It’s also the time when I take great joy at the wildness lawns take on prior to firing up the mower that’s sat quiet all winter. Tufts of wild onion stand proud over the shorter grass. Cheerful dandelions, purple deadnettle, henbit and violets! So many violets. Another favorite of mine is hairy bittercress, an annual with a tiny white flower and a seed that explodes when touched. Yes, I know many of these aren’t native and some are considered invasive. What a buzzkill.

But really they’re just a reflection of ourselves. And many are edible and super healthy. So I’m busy just enjoying their beauty, waiting for my lettuce and not so native plants to come alive and just breathing in the fresh spring air.

A mix of winter rye, golden alexander, daffodils, violets, sheep sorrel, garlic and the over wintered not so native seeds of a meadow (which probably won’t look like much for a while).
Hairy bitter cress seeds explode when touched. Plant is edible and nutritious although I have yet to try it.
There really is some lettuce and beats and snap peas growing in there.
I did purchase a witch hazel shrub from a native plant sale. Planted it under the dying elderberry and surrounded with not so lovely fencing.


I really don’t know how the birds could live without me and my bird baths.
Sweet Pepperbush (Clethra alnifolia) coming alive. Been moving things around. So far they’ve been taking it well. Also took out a nice size honeysuckle bush which this will hopefully replace.
It’s alive! Been moving these black cherry (Prunus serotina) seedlings around. This one will hopefully become a nice indestructible privacy tree/shrub. Don’t ask.
Is there anything more lovely than violets in spring?

I can’t tell our resident rabbit we call Big Head from the others any more. They run around seeming to have no intended destination, zig zagging back and forth as if they’ve been cooped up in a cage for too long. I can identify.

Stratified sumac seeds planted in toilet paper rolls.

One thing I did do was plant some sumac seeds (I think smooth) I found nearby and stratified for a month. I found a neat website that explained how to scarify, stratify and plant. I planted them in toilet paper rolls so when they sprout can just move the whole roll to a bigger pot. I hope they sprout.

Happy Spring!