Gardening April 2022

From Mélie’s Garden

After a cold and wintry March, daffodils are starting to pop up on the Island hopefully indicating that April will be a more spring like month. But with the warmer weather also comes the April Gardening Chore List.

  • Finish pruning trees and shrubs before they leaf out
  • Cut back perennials that were left in flower beds for “winter interest” before the new growth emerges.
  • Cut back hydrangeas to a pleasing shape and fertilize with a cup of Hollytone and a sprinkle of Aluminum Sulfate to make them bluer.
  • Prune rose bushes and fertilize with 1 cup of organic rose fertilizer and 1 tablespoon of Epsom Salt.
  • Spray Peonies with Bonide to prevent botrytis.
  • Plant tomato seeds by April 15th and grow inside until after Memorial Day.

After those spring chores are done, you can look forward to the first weekend in May when Brent and Beck Heath of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs are coming to Fishers Island. The Heaths have been daffodil bulb hybridizers and growers for four generations in Gloucester, Virginia.

Tom Armstrong, when he was the director of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Museum in Williamsburg, hired Brent to put in a daffodil garden for the museum. Brent has done many restoration gardens throughout his career and has recently designed the new daffodil installation at the New York Botanical Garden.

When Tom was designing his garden on Fishers Island and wanted to include daffodils, he again asked Brent for his advice. The daffodils we have all been enjoying at Hooverness for so many years were selected by Brent and Tom.

Brent will be conducting a daffodil work shop at the Community Center Saturday morning May 7th and giving a lecture at the Museum that afternoon. Information for both of these events can be found HERE on  I know it will be a very enjoyable and instructive weekend for all of us.

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