24th Apr, 2010

THE GARDEN IN SPRING

april 24 overallThis is the garden this morning back lit by the rising sun. It’s come along at an astounding rate but it’s still early days. Don’t be tempted to put vulnerable plants outside; wait a bit to plant perennials. You can put in woody plants now, if you can find them.  The best choices are coming up.  So give the nurseries a chance to get their deliveries.

Will be on Shelagh Rogers this afternoon at 4 p.m. and tomorrow a.m. on Fresh Air between  8 and 8:30 a.m. (that’s Sunday the 25th).

It’s a glorious day but we do need the rain that’s coming our way .  If it doesn’t rain, make sure big plants are watered well below the root systems.

Responses

Dear Marjorie,

I love listening to you about all your wonderful gardening ideas and tips, most recently on Fresh Air this morning.

My back garden here in Waterloo has no lawn but the Vancouver jade and thyme I planted almost three years ago is gradually filling in.

My dilemma or should I say, hobby is feeding the birds sunflowers and wild bird seed, no corn. Where I have the feeders the ground underneath gets covered in sprouts. The ducks and geese waddle up and have a feed, particularly in the Spring. That’s all fine but it gets a little much come summer. Last year I tried the black ground cover material and a few beach rocks on top but to no avail.

Any suggestions would be most appreciated. I love your sense of humour, lightheartedness and carefree attitude toward gardening. Makes one more comfortable in whatever is attempted.

The photo of your garden is absolutely beautiful.

Thank you,
Karen

This is a dilemma. I wonder if perhaps you shouldn’t be planting to draw in the birds rather than using seed. Maybe having a large dish and emptying it daily would help keep sprouts from developing. I just keep masses of shrubs and vines covered with berries and they come all winter long.

Hello Marjorie,
I listened to your program this morning on CBC. You mentioned a plant Hali bar? that you recommended. I have tried to find some info on it but to no avail. I am sure that I am not spelling it correctly. Would you please send me the correct name so I can do some research on it.
Many thanks.
Lynn

Hi Marjorie
I have a small 4ft x 4ft shade space beside my back deck stair and the house. I currently have a bleeding heart, a couple of hostas and some sedum. I want to clean it up and was wondering if you have a suggestion for a space like this? I would like to make it clean and neat yet with some interest.

Thanks
John
Chatham

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