April Garden

spring bulbs

Daffodils, Hyacinths, Tulips

It has been a cool spring so far and my gardens are beginning to come alive once again. I’ve had help this year, making it is the earliest I’ve had the beds edged and mulched, which is a relief. The annoying biting bugs have just begun to hatch outโ€“ every year my goal is to work bug-free in cool weather, making the work much more pleasant.

I’m always amazed to see the difference a few months make in growth of the garden. Below is the yard, garden and woodland beyond, just barely out of dormancy. So empty! Those who have followed me in past years might remember mid-summer shots where sunflowers tower and growth of perennials and annuals is lush. In a few short months, it will be so again. Nature is miraculous!

I thought I’d share a few things that have me smiling and sighing these days.

I am so grateful to have lots of space in which to spend time while we wait out the stay-at-home orders. I know there are many others who are not as fortunate, so I hope they can vicariously stroll through mine. Enjoy!

About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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108 Responses to April Garden

  1. Vicki says:

    Such a joy to see Spring on your side of the world and your beautiful garden. Thanks for sharing, Eliza ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Maria says:

    And you sure help with your images. Yes, Nature is the healer, although it seems humans need a long time to understand this notion.

  3. Karen Lang says:

    Delightful Eliza ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŒˆ

  4. sandyjwhite says:

    Nothing like those those first signs of spring! I look forward to seeing your garden progress throughout the growing season, Eliza.

  5. I very much enjoyed the stroll through your beautiful garden! Thank you Eliza. Nature is fascinating, makes me so humble every year. ๐Ÿ’—

  6. Kris Peterson says:

    You’re off to a great start it seems! I’m most impressed by your ‘Lady Jane’ tulips, which make the skinny little plants that came up in my garden look like a different species altogether.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Kris. I fertilized them last year and they really show it. I’m glad I finally found truly perennial tulips and they are even increasing – a happy thing!

  7. cindy knoke says:

    It is going to be so beautiful Elisa!
    This is the first April where I haven’t left in the middle of the month.
    You should see The Holler. You would love it. The Mexican Evening Primrose are climbing up the banks. The rock roses are blooming their heads off. All the ground cover is blooming. The ROSES! They have never been this amazing. All due to the intense March and April rain, and me being home at the right time to apply fertilizer and pest control.
    The sweet peas are growing. And I have enough veggies and strawberries growing to feed a small army.
    It is nice to be home, isn’t it?
    Stay safe and well Eliza. โ™กโ™ก

  8. Vicariously, I can feel the quickening of pulse in this spring awakening. It is miraculous that from dormancy the seasonal calendar has itโ€™s defined stages. Looking forward to seeing the crescendo into the glory of full bloom.


  10. It is lovely to see colour returning and you are so right about the volume explosion about to happen. The trick seems to be anticipating where to stake in time! This is a great moment in the year. Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Allison. Staking is one of those chores that often get away from me, some years are better than others. We’ll see how I do this year. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Happy growing!

  11. Anne says:

    I thoroughly enjoy watching your garden come to life.

  12. Eliza Ayres says:

    Reblogged this on Blue Dragon Journal.

  13. bittster says:

    I’m glad to see things warming up and moving for you. Those weeks when everything just seems to sit still are torture, but then suddenly you wonder why it’s already summer!
    I don’t miss the bugs either, but have already killed a few mosquitos so they’re on their way….

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Frank. It’s nice to be gardening again, a healthy distraction from the status quo. One can pretend everything is ‘normal.’ ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. Cathy says:

    Itโ€˜s always lovely to see your garden Eliza. Glad it is coming back to life at last. Now things will race along and I just know you will have sunflowers in bloom before me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. pbmgarden says:

    Lovely! Isnโ€™t spring just what we all need right now!

  16. Looking good. I envy you the ability to find help, and I’m spraying for those same annoying flies. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Judy. It’s a toss up as to which is worse, ticks or black flies. Ticks probably, because of what they can transmit. I miss the 90s, when we only had the flies. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. What a lovely garden to sit and enjoy. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  18. Alice says:

    It’s wonderful to be able to enjoy all that’s growing, whether it’s seeing, smelling, digging in the dirt & sowing seeds & planting & caring for and also eating what our Earth offers.

  19. Beautiful flowers. You seems to be a good gardener to have such Beautiful Flowers. Greetings from Brisbane Australia. Many Blessings coming Your way โค โค โค

  20. nutsfortreasure says:

    So pretty Eliza today it is raining and dreary these brightened my day.

  21. Very Nice Eliza! Canโ€™t wait to see more images of your gardens!

  22. Cathy says:

    Just lovely Eliza – and looking forward to following it as it grows up this year!

  23. Everyone from around the world are showing off their tulips. Spring is such an exciting time. Our spring begins in Feb. and now we are heading into the 90’s and summer.

  24. Yay! spring flowers. I love that Sedum..

  25. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Your tulips and daffodils are looking lovely Eliza.

  26. pastpeter says:

    Lovely โ€œfirst fruitsโ€ of your devotion to gardens! It has been cool and wet thro March and April. My โ€œmemoriesโ€ on FB brought up a birthday picnic at a winery in late April a couple of years ago; we were eating at tables outdoors! This year I have yet to put my winter coat away!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Peter. It has been unusually chilly and we are still making fires in the wood stove. I hope it doesn’t get hot quickly, I savor a long spring.

  27. Your garden is coming along beautifully, Eliza! I enjoyed the โ€œwalkโ€.

  28. Since we had record April snow, Iโ€™m now designating the wonderful first shot of your garden, that I always love watching develop through the summer, as the beginning of spring!๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoyed the lovely flowers on a rainy day here and loved seeing my first tulips of the year!๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Jewels says:

    Beautiful, Eliza! What a gift springtime is! โค

  30. arlingwoman says:

    Such gorgeousness all to be seen from the porch or a window! I love this tulips. It’s like a trip back in time for me–we’re in oak pollen here now.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Lisa. I’m looking forward to sitting on the deck overlooking the big garden, where we eat all our meals in clement weather. It’s exciting to think of the warm months ahead!
      Hope you are doing well and not going stir-crazy. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • arlingwoman says:

        I’m not the stir crazy type. This has been much harder on other people. I keep seeing things about how to cope if you live alone and goodness, I just don’t have a problem. Still in touch by various means with family and friends, still working…so I haven’t had some issues. It was an adjustment for exercise and not just dropping into the store because I left something off the list. I do miss hugging people and seeing people in person, though. But I think for introverts and those not working and homeschooling at the same time, it’s been a bit easier. Though I was anxious about toilet paper until I scored some. What a thing to be anxious about. LOL. I think these blogs could make a good study of how people coped in the pandemic. At least a certain swath of the population.

      • Eliza Waters says:

        I’m glad to read that you are doing well. I, too, am noticing more articles on dealing with loneliness. As you mentioned, introverts are faring better than extroverts. My life isn’t much different, since I don’t work and before only went out once or twice a week. But I do miss hugs and visiting with friends and extended family. We haven’t figured out virtual hugs yet. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • arlingwoman says:

        That’s very true!

  31. Beautiful – your garden is a delight! The stark contrast between the seasons making it even more interesting. I have attempted hyacinths and daffodils a few years back and so enjoyed the fragrance of the hyacinths.

  32. Widdershins says:

    There’s that little plot of land, just biding its time. ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. I enjoyed that lovely stroll Eliza, thank you!

  34. Beautiful Eliza … we all benefit from seeing your garden grow!

  35. Robin says:

    I am looking forward to watching your garden grow, Eliza. โค We had plans to be away more than home this year, and decided not to plant anything since the housesitter probably won't want to be bothered with weeding. Well, life has interrupted those plans so now I'm thinking I might visit the local nursery (which is considered an essential business so they're open) to see what they have in the way of flowers. Maybe a few veggies, too.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Robin. Plans have changed for a lot of us. The uncertainty about the future makes it hard to plan anything, particularly traveling. Surprisingly, I just got a postcard from my brother who went a road trip and is in Idaho of all places! I wonder if anything is open? Parks, restaurants, hotels? I’m tempted to call his cell to find out!
      I’m glad you will have some flowers to enjoy (and photograph) this summer. I must have dozens to make up for the dormancy of winter. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  36. I love this time when new life is springing around us Eliza. It looks a wonderful place to be and those of us who have beautiful spaces around us certainly are the lucky ones at the moment.

  37. naturebackin says:

    What a lovely combination – daffodils, hyacinth and tulips. In the spring here, I mostly see them sold as potted house plants.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Carol. That first shot is my space for putting in forced potted bulbs after they go dormant. Some don’t make it, but many do return. The hydrangea grows all around it afterwards hiding the fading foliage. It’s a fun little pop of color.

  38. I came across your blog by way of Jim Grey. I share your wonder at how gardens change. I started blogging about my gardening efforts because of how much my garden unexpectedly enriched my life. You have beautiful images on your blog!


  39. Those Lady Janes are gorgeous! Looking forward to your many varieties of colorful flowers!

  40. Nathi says:

    Thanks for a stroll through your beautiful garden, Eliza! And I certainly enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Beautiful shares, Eliza. At this time especially it is nice to see the rebirth of our gardens giving us some lovely sights to contemplate and relax over.

  42. Brian Skeys says:

    I do like Scilla with their intense blue colour, sadly they donโ€™t seem to like me as much.

  43. bridgiemar says:

    I love gardens Eliza, I like your work

  44. the first image reminds me of one of the gardens of my childhood. My father loved growing tulip beds and we also had lots of daffodils, daffodils and other spring flowers
    Your garden is really very large and beautiful

  45. marvaseaton says:

    I enjoy gardening too Eliza. I just love to see the plants grow. I especially love planting tomatoes which I do every year, Last year I had a good crop. Hope to do the same this year.

  46. Leif Price says:

    Your plants are very beautiful and colorful. It makes the day great!

  47. Gracefully Global travels says:

    I appreciate your kind thoughts, Eliza (Iโ€™m sure we all do :)). I donโ€™t have outdoor space to enjoy, but at least being in San Diego makes it easy to enjoy good weather whenever Iโ€™m outside. And it is nice to live vicariously through your posts. You are a fabulous gardener and photographer!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      San Diego has such great weather the year ’round, so I’m envious of that. But being a New Englander, I am rooted in the four seasons. Thanks for your kind praise! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Gracefully Global travels says:

        I can understand! Fall and spring are heavenly seasons. ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. Cecilia says:

    Beautiful โค garden

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