After An April Shower

The dreaded pine pollen has dusted every surface with a fine yellow coating for the last week. I hope the heavy, early morning downpour washed much of it away but it will probably be around a few more weeks. For now the garden looks cleansed by the rain, though the spiraea branches (left) are heavy from the weight of the water.

Garden View On Rainy Mid-April Morning

Garden View On Rainy Mid-April Morning

Fall-planted white, purple and blue pansies currently adorn the meditation circle. Other plantings in the labyrinth, selected for their evergreen nature, are Husker Red Penstemon,  dianthus and several types of thyme.

Last night the white pansies shone brilliantly in the early evening light. Their glowing effect makes me think I would enjoy a monochrome planting, all white, lining the meditation path.

Meditation Circle

Meditation Circle

Drifts of irises seem to have doubled in height over the past several days. Slowly I am working my way around the garden pulling out the pesky, persistent weeds.

Temperatures last weekend climbed to 80°F. but spring is fickle. There is a freeze warning in effect for tomorrow morning.

 

31 thoughts on “After An April Shower

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Maybe I’ll try the all-white path sometime. I’ve had to replace so many of the original plants I’ve ended up with a choppy design. Need to rework it.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Carolyn. This week the garden really started filling in. And this is the one time of year when the grass really is green and lush.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Marian. Hope you don’t have problems with the cold temps either. Tomorrow night may be even colder. I am always so sad when the spiraea starts fading. It has been a good run this year though.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Chloris. It would be fun to play upon that effect of light. I often find myself choosing white even over other beautiful colors–it seems peaceful.

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  1. Julie

    We have the same problem with Willow pollen at the end of May. I like the idea of white flowers too and I really hope Spring settles down soon.

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  2. bittster

    A freeze? Yuck. We have snow coming down as I write this, but spring is only just getting started so not so big a deal. I agree things always look better after a good rain, and the white pansies do stand out best.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The grass likes the rain but the ground is really saturated, the meditation circle had standing water all day yesterday. I need to do something about the drainage there but am at a loss.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Michael. The fescue lawn is at its peak and growing like crazy. Will get a third mowing sometime this week if it dries out enough. We don’t irrigate so by mid-summer it looks horrible though.

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  3. Cathy

    The pansies really do stand out – love the effect with the white Spiraea and what is the other white shrub at the back? Looks lush and full of life!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi Cindy, the rain can do wonders. We have had almost too much lately, but a few years ago everything suffered from severe drought so I prefer the excess. susie

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  4. Pauline

    Your garden is looking very fresh after it’s shower of rain. The white flowers certainly show up and look very pretty in your Meditation Circle, white all the way round would certainly show up in the evening just like the White Garden at Sissinghurst!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi Pauline. A white garden would be great. Especially with a full moon as we had last night the white plants stand out when I look down on the garden from the upstairs rooms. Someday I’d love to visit Sissinghurst. susie

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