My April Gardening Journal
Sandi Marr, DHS Recording Secretary
I enjoy keeping a gardening journal. Perhaps you do, too. Gardeners eagerly anticipate what will bloom next in their gardens. Daily surprises mysteriously pop up in the soil, waiting to awaken us from our sleep.
With coffee in hand, my day begins with a gentle walk through the garden. Its gifts of new fragrances and beauty amaze me. I like to record and remember my garden with photographs and notes to jog my memory when I forget. I use a “Greeting Card Calendar/Organizer” to journal my garden blooms.
Sometimes the cold grip of winter lingers on and seems like it will never release its harsh clasp. Other times it seems spring arrives early which is always a warm welcome. Nature teaches us many life lessons like patient waiting and letting go. As in life, each garden season has its joys and challenges, birthing and dying, planting and digging up.
April gives us first glimpses of blooms in our garden. Spring bulbs open with fresh hope and promise. Forsythia bushes flaunt their sunny yellow disposition bringing bright cheer. Tried and true perennials like peony, bleeding heart, and forget-me-not are timeless friends we can always depend upon in our flowerbeds.
Gardening can be a solitary endeavour or one shared with friends. The Dunnville Horticultural Society hosts monthly programs and other events. Everyone is welcome, non-members and members alike. Visit us on April 15-16 at the Dunnville Lions Home and Garden Show and participate in our free mini-demonstrations. Discover the benefits of membership like Bus trips to Wineries, Garden Tours to local gardens, and inspiring monthly programs.
Karen Richardson (Curator, Haldimand County Museum and Archives) will be speaking on “Early Kitchen Gardens” April 21, at 7-9pm. Returning guest, Lester ‘Macgyvor’ Fretz (Lowbanks/Port Colborne), will be speaking on “Backyard Greenhouses” on May 19 at the Optimist Hall, 101 Main St. W., Dunnville.
For more information, http://dunnvillehortsoc.gardenontario.org or call Debbie Thomas, President (905) 774-3064 or Deb Zynomirski, Vice President (905) 774-8453.
Sandi Marr, DHS Recording Secretary.
Sandi welcomes your questions and ideas for future gardening columns.