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The clocks have gone forward and the evenings are lighter. Still too much rain and not enough sun at the moment. Who knows what this month will bring with a Jet Stream that lies too far to the
south of the UK? A sign of the times?


West Dean Gardens is open Mon-Fri 09.30 am - 4.00 pm. Sat-Sun 9.00 am - 4.00 pm.

West Dean will be doing garden tours with two senior members of the team on various dates between April and October, followed by a cream tea in the prestigious Oak Hall. Price is £22.50.

Woolbeding Gardens NT will reopen on 18th April. Tickets are available to book as from now. The gardens are open on Thursday and Fridays until 29 September. Bookings mist be made ahead of visit.

It is always worth looking at the website of the National Garden Scheme, where you can find private gardens available to visit in your area.

Insector Clueso! 

There are more and more sightings of these hornets in the south of England.

The Asian Hornet continues to be of great concern to our bees. If these nasty beasts get a hold in this country our honey bees will be in serious trouble. If you find a wasp-like nest being built in your garage or shed with very large dark-looking wasps flying around it you may just have stumbled across one of their nests. The Asian hornet has a yellow-orange face, black top dark antennae and yellow legs. The European hornet in comparison, has a yellow face, yellow top and paler antennae.

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The Climate Change Garden by Sally Morgan and Kim Stoddart

The RHS have recommended a book called The Climate Change Garden by Sally Morgan and Kim Stoddart. After our speaker last month gave a talk on gardening in the 21st century, this booked seemed very appropriate. It is an insight into problems gardeners could potentially face in our changing climate. Learn how to start creating a resilient garden for the future now to give it a better chance of survival. Guidance includes improving your soil, creating a resilient veggie patch and planting a climate change

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Top gardening jobs for April 

Spring is in full swing with tulips and flowering cherries in bloom. Expect the inevitable April showers this month but with sunny days too, when you can turn your attention to the veg plot. It’s an exciting month as you start to sow outdoors. Just watch out for frosts and keep any tender plants indoors for now.

1. Sow hardy annuals, herbs and wild flower seed outdoors

2. Protect fruit blossom from late frosts

3.  Keep weeds under control

4. Start to feed citrus plants

5. Increase the water given to houseplants
6. Plant new pond plants and divide water lilies.
7. Sow new lawns or repair bare patches
8. Prune fig trees
9. Divide bamboos
10. Last chance to prune climbing/rambling roses

‘April, the angel of the months, the young love of the year’

Vita Sckville-West

‘Long stormy spring-time, wet contentious April, winter
chilling the lap of every May; but at length, the season
of summer does come’

Thomas Carlyle

‘If April showers come your way
They bring the flowers that bloom in May’

Buddy de Sylve

‘April rains transform fields from plain,
to lovely wildflower-filled terrain’


‘No winter lasts forever, no Spring skips it’s turn.
April is a promise that May is bound to keep’

Hal Borland

‘A gush of bird song, a patter of dew
A cloud, and a rainbow’s warning,
Suddenly sunshine and perfect blue.
An April day in the morning’

Harriet Prescott Spofford

And remember..............

A kind word is like a spring day.

Russian proverb

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