2020 Update:

Ok – this was crazy – some of the warmest temperatures on record! Everything – and I do mean EVERYTHING – but most particularly the mustards and dandelions, seemed to be on steroids! And who can weed a garden that is covered with hungry bees? So that was my convenient excuse for April, but seriously, we were just grateful to see everything around us burst open in the brilliant yellows of spring: daffodils, dandelions, mustards, and forsythia, and the air scented with an abundance of cherry blossoms, particularly sweet because I thought we had lost them forever…a tale for another day. For now, enjoy the flowers! Our bees certainly did! How we all rejoice in Spring!

APRIL BLOOMS

FLOWERS & BEE PLANTS

Ceanothus, Blue & White
Clematis
Daffodil
Dandelion
Daphne Ceneorum
Elder
Forget-me-not
Forsythia
Heather
Hyacinth

Lungwort
Magnolia “Star”
Money Plant
Mustard Family/Brassicas
Pansies
Phlox
Potato Vine (aka Jasmine Nightshade)
Primroses
Pulmonaria
Purple deadnettle
Pussy Willows
Tulip
Viola
Wallflowers

FRUITS

Apples
Blueberries
Cherries
Currant, Black
Currant, Golden
Currant, Red
Currant, Red Flowering (Native)
Gooseberries, assorted
Honeyberries
Huckleberry, Native
Jostaberry
Korean Bush Cherry
Lingonberries
Nanking Cherry
Plum
Quince – Flowering (big shrub
Saskatoon, Regent
Strawberries

ASSORTED HERB & USEFUL PLANTS

Calendula
Catmint
Chives
Rosemary
Sweet Cicely
Woodruff, Sweet
Oxalis
Willows, basketry types

VEGETABLES / OTHER EDIBLES

Arugula
Brassicas & Mustards
Miner’s Lettuce

My Love Affair with Dandelions

2019 Was a Very Good Year for Red Flowering Currants and Magnolias

Some Photos from the 2018 April Garden

More April Photos from Barbolian Fields

Thank You for Visiting Barbolian Fields!

2 Comments

Dianna · May 2, 2021 at 10:13 pm

Gorgeous pics!! Every day is like opening a Pandora’s box of blossoms!! I love that you have nanking cherry, I have a relationship with that plant! Would love to have one in my little garden. And the dandelion video is stunning 🙂 thank you thank you!!!

    Blythe · May 3, 2021 at 5:01 am

    I will try to get a cutting started for you, Dianna! Ours is prone to rust – it might be our climate and might do better where you are. (It looks like I forgot to add the follow-up pic on the dandelions when the whole field turned to fluff!)

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