April is apt to be the coldest on record. We’ve had a very hard frost this week, and thankfully it didn’t damage the plants. The alpine garden is very hardy, so no problem there.
Some of the daffodils didn’t much like it, but they were nearly finished anyway. The late-blooming daffodils are now blooming, and they are tall and strong, and holding up against the northernly winds. The tulips are still putting on a fantastic show also. They’re apt to be with us at least for another two weeks.
The herbs we planted last month are healthy, and I’ve been using the thyme regularly. The parsley is slow but it still early in the season – it’s needs a bit of warmth to grow. The rhubarb is growing rapidly, and given another few weeks … we’ll be eating it.
The apple trees have tight buds appearing but they still have no wish to open yet. The grapevines are the same – small buds but not much activity. Peder and I think the garden is slower than usual this year. Good thing we have this lovely violet to enjoy indoors! Each photo below is clickable, if you wish to see a larger version.