• Helen Bell

April 2021 Gardening Tips

8 April 2021


A Garden Tip from Helen...


Hallelujah! It’s finally spring…and a beautiful one at that with mild days and cool nights allowing for prolonged blooming periods for daffodils, camellias and magnolias. The ground is great to work after the rain we have had, but do not forget to pull those pesky weeds before they get ahead of you!


The camellias have been gorgeous!!


A happy star magnolia this spring!!


Garden Club Plant Sale Fundraiser

The Chesapeake Bay Garden Club had a plant sale on Saturday, April 17th, during the Heathsville Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Our members sold plants from their own gardens for our community to fill those vacant garden spaces with locally grown plants at very reasonable prices. Shoppers chose from columbines, winter hardy mums - both the button and daisy types, stonecrop, Golden Alexander (a native plant), irises, daylilies in an assortment of colors, and beebalm, just to name a few of the plants for sale. There were lots of cilantro, parsley, and vegetable starts, as well. A couple of fairy gardens were in hiding among the jade plants and the dracaena trifasciata, or snake plants. The community support was overwhelming and we all had a great time talking plants and sharing gardening tips!


Remember to Transplant and Divide Your Perennials

Now is the perfect time to transplant and divide your perennials, too. Pick a time when the temperatures are cool and overcast. Divide those plants that are the most robust and make sure they have been hydrated the day before digging and again after transplanting. When dividing, think small – choose offshoots approximately 20% of the original plant size.


… And Spray Your Roses

Do not forget to spray the roses for blackspot. I am going to try a new approach this year using copper sulfate.


Happy gardening,

Helen