End of Month View–April 30, 2013

This post, by suggestion of Helen at The Patient Gardener’s Weblog, is a fine example of what a difference a few weeks can make in the spring garden. Just compare these two photos, taken on Thursday, April 4, and today, Tuesday, April 30.

Thursday, April 4

Thursday, April 4

Tuesday, April 30

Tuesday, April 30

Acanthus 'Summer Beauty'

Acanthus ‘Summer Beauty’

I have to admit, however, all the credit goes to Mother Nature. I’ve been so busy in the past month, you can see I haven’t even managed to blow away the catkins falling from the oak trees.

Of special note are the growing bloom stalks of the Acanthus ‘Summer Beauty’, with the tallest standing roughly two-thirds of their mature height of six feet. A few among the two dozen spikes are just beginning to display a peek of white flower under a blushing hood.

Autumn fern (Dryopteris erythrosora)

Autumn fern (Dryopteris erythrosora)

New foliage on the autumn fern and fatsia are also worth admiring. And lucky for me, and any visitor who drops by in May, each tip of the Confederate jasmine holds the promise of flowers that will soon perfume the garden with their spicy, sweet scent.

Fatsia (F. japonica)

Fatsia (F. japonica)

Confederate jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)

Confederate jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)

13 thoughts on “End of Month View–April 30, 2013

  1. Anita Humphries

    I was gone for a week this month and couldn’t believe the growth in seven short days. Great idea to take pictures for comparison. Every time I return from an extended trip, I am instantly reminded of how important staying on top of things is! I think my yard could overtake the house in a matter of months! ;)

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  2. Lea

    Wow! That tree really leafed out fast! And everything else reached out happily for the sky!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Lea
    Lea’s Menagerie

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  3. beth croft

    come by in about 4 or 5 days and look at my foxglove; should be glorious…one big one just came up near my front sidewalk.

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  4. Debby Davis

    Hi Marion,

    Sure do enjoy seeing your blog. Just a personal question which you might think is kind of silly, but what kind of camera do you have? Your close-ups are great, and I have always loved to take all kinds of close-ups.

    Thanks and happy gardening.

    Debby Davis/Greer/Primrose Garden Club

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    1. Marian St.Clair Post author

      Debby–It is a Nikon D50. I’ve had it for a good while (6 or 7 years or more), so prob something better on the market now. I get tired of always lugging around a big camera, though, so I just got a new Panasonic Lumix with great zoom (20x or 25x, can’t remember) and it does a good job too.

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  5. Helen Johnstone

    it is amazing how quickly everything grows at this time of year isnt it. Thanks for joining in this month

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    1. Marian St.Clair Post author

      Janet–thank goodness, no deer yet. Tim has a trail camera we move around the yard. So far, we’ve seen coyotes, racoons, foxes, rabbits, opposums, and smaller animals, but no deer.

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