Category: April

April – Snail death in the vegetable beds

My sorrel is unsatisfactory. First, it is sending up flowering stalks. Isn’t it early for that? Is that what sorrel is supposed to do in earliest spring? Also, it is terribly tattered. It’s spring, all should be fresh and tender.…


April- Spirea reverting

Variegated plants often “revert” or return to their green progenitor types. When they do, the green, given time, takes over. More chlorophyll in those green leaves = faster growth and the variegation you paid extra for is gone. Sometimes plants…


PLANT UPDATE – April – Winter Aconite

winter aconite

Winter aconites, Eranthis hyemalis, are one of the first little flowers to open in the new year. Here’s a look at them after they’ve finished blooming. They have an intricate involucre that looks like a little plate of cut leaves…


PLANT UPDATE – Intense new wallflower

erysimum winter orchid

I was just at Swanson’s Nursery and saw this wallflower, Erysimum ‘Winter Orchid’ in a pot – I didn’t see it on the sale floor though. It’s definitely something to be on the lookout for with its knock you down…


April – charming wallflowers

Apricot Twist wallflower

When I first got into gardening I saw this plant at Swanson’s Nursery – it had elongate, grayish leaves and was smothered in pale purple flowers – and it was evergreen! I was young and new to gardening and the…