“April is the cruellest month”

My under gardener gets stuck in (and blisters!)

My under gardener gets stuck in (and blisters!)

At least according to T.S Eliot it is, but from where I’m sitting and looking back, March 2013 is a top contender and that is in the relatively mild South East of England; I pity the poor farmers in the North and in Scotland.  Today is April 1 and whilst it is now sunny with blue skies there is a bitterly cold wind blowing, the type described as a ‘lazy wind’ because it blows straight through you!

Being Easter Monday it has meant that at least some of my day has been given over to gardening  and so first thing I headed out to the allotment, taking the under gardener with me for a long-promised (by him) digging session.  We spent about an hour there before the cold drove us back home but I was able to turn over the square bed (for my flower planting) and I set my helper to work to finish digging a previously untouched, at least by me, bed that I want to put my runner beans in this year.  Both beds now need a good weeding, but if the drying wind keeps up, this along with a few more frosts will break down the clods of earth and weeding will be much easier.  And of course the birds get the chance to root around for lurking bugs and beasties.

So  I’m now crossing my fingers crossed that Eliot’s statement is not proved correct this year and that April proves kinder than March – we gardeners need to get on with the Spring!

About Sara Davison

I've been gardening as long as I can remember; initially as a child, learning from my mother, and then with each successive garden I've owned, I've expanded my knowledge and my plant collection. Starting Spring 2014 I'm taking my first steps as a flower farmer, growing British flowers for cutting on an acre of rented farmland in the Surrey Hills.
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4 Responses to “April is the cruellest month”

  1. It’s not at all bad here in the Outer Hebrides, although like your conditions, it is unseasonably cold, we are lucky to escape the snow that bothers the rest of Scotland, thanks to our maritime climate. It would be nice to see some spring vegetation though!

  2. It has to get warmer soon – surely! Trouble is, as soon as it does warm up, there’ll be a massive scramble to catch up on all the chores that we’re put off because of the cold…

  3. PJ says:

    That wind is certainly biting and we’ve had more snow today – although it’s not settled thankfully! The weeds are poking through so hopefully the beautiful plants will follow x

  4. Flighty says:

    Like you, and everyone else, I hope that April is a much better month than March which was the coldest one for 50 years. As you say we now need to get on! xx

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