No sireee....April is not a pretty month here. We are slowly losing the snow in our yard but I know we are the exception to the rule because we are in an open field and get lots of sun when it's shining. You can see a huge difference in this side of the yard compared to a couple of weeks ago.
Let's take a tour of the yard shall we? Warning: It's not pretty!
The tulips are up. I'm hoping the deer don't discover this delicacy and eat them all up!
A few of the daffodils are starting to bloom. I'll cut some to bring
inside when they are more plentiful.
This was a Goldmound Spirea shrub that got so damaged from the heavy snows the past 2 winters that it wasn't worth keeping. It was too big for this area as well. I think I'm going to buy a peony for here. I've never had one before so hope it will grow well. I hear the deer don't eat them.
In the rock garden, the iris are starting to poke up some leaves.
Deer tracks in the muddy vegetable garden plot.
When we bought the additional piece of property at the back of our yard last fall we inherited the garden and also this rhubarb patch. It's starting to shoot up new growth so I'm thinking about all the nice rhubarb desserts I will be making soon.
I took this shot from up by the garden plot and looking at the back of our house. We are going to make some changes with the deck next month, hopefully. We are planning to remove the tall tower and remove the old deck which is really in bad shape, then build a new deck which will be twice the size of the old one. I would like to have a pergola built on one part of the deck as well to give us some shade. I'm really excited about this project and will do some posts on it once it gets started. We also hope to move the little white shed to one side and to build a new larger storage shed on the left out of view of this photo. Hubby needs a larger space for his yard 'toys'. :) Note the cedar tree to the right of the shed? The deer have eaten away at almost half of it this winter. The snow was very deep there so they could reach quite high.
This is a sad little garden. The lights are electric and all crooked from the frost. The garden will be removed as the little shed is supposed to be moved to this area where you can see the tree stump (also to be removed!). The big rock will go in another garden spot. There is a hosta, rudbekia, lavender and purple coneflower growing here. I think. Not sure if they survived. I would divide plants from my other larger rock garden and poke them in here. Ugly and sad looking so it's going. Hard to believe there was over 4 feet of snow in this spot at the first of the month!
This is mole damage to the lawn. Does anyone know how to get rid of or deter moles? And how do we get that dirt/mud back into the tunnels? Our son's lawn is horrible with mounds of mud all over one area. The moles have tunnelled so much that it's really soft to walk on the ground in that area. You feel like you could sink into the earth. Any suggestions?
And this is what most of our lawn looks like. Brown dead grass.
This was a hot day mid-July last year. Our neighbour's garden (now ours) and our old deck. It will be a new view this year and I'm really looking forward to it.
So there is our yard in April. There will be lots to do with cleaning up but not for another week or two as it's very wet in spots.
How is your garden/yard coming along this week? Have you mowed the grass yet? Don't you love the smell of fresh mowed grass?
Have a great day!