2006 - April - Garden and Pond

As soon as April arrived, so did the flowers. The Rijnveld's Early Sensation daffodils have popped right up. All of the earth moving efforts of last year have resulted in volunteers in unexpected places, like this crocus in the middle of a path. I didn't even know we had crocuses anywhere in the backyard!

The goldfish and shubunkins survived the winter with no problem. The pond is pretty full of string algae right now, and I'm hoping to get some plants in there quickly to help with that.

Mid-month update: The theme the first half of the month was definitely "yellow". The forsythia (right) bloomed, the King Alfred daffs joined the Rijnveld's Early Sensations (plus some Blue Magic hyacinths for contrast - lower left), and the marsh marigolds began blooming in the pond (lower right).

It warmed up into the 70s and 80s for nearly a week, which forced a lot of the garden into an early show. The daffodils and forsythia will probably be gone in a few days. I was able to do a bit of pond planting (pickerel weed, marsh marigold, and miniature cattails) - the jury's still out on whether this will combat the algae a significant amount.

Nearly all of the plantings from last year are showing some signs of life, including the Snow Angel Heuchera and the ultraviolet Labrador violets.

The magnolia in the side yard is spectacular as usual - I'm almost hoping for cold weather so the blossoms last longer!

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Last updated 22 May 2006