"April Showers bring May flowers"

This old English proverb suggests that the month of April is traditionally a rainy period with interludes of Spring sunshine, which gives way to May, when flowers will bloom as a consequence.

Thankfully, April has been kind to us thus far and the weather has been a treat for gardeners, daffodils have thrived and flowering trees started to bloom.

It is a rewarding month for those with indoor-sown seeds well into growth, plus it is time to start sowing outdoors (however, just watch out for those pesky frosts!)

Here are 5 key jobs The Royal Horticultural Society recommend to do this month:

  1. Keep weeds under control
  2. Tie in climbing and rambling roses
  3. Sow hardy annuals, herbs and wild flower seeds outdoors
  4. Feed hungry shrubs and roses
  5. Start to feed citrus plants


However, there are many other jobs to do about the garden too, here are a few suggestions:

  1. Top up bird baths and feeders to encourage birds into your garden
  2. Remove dirt from paths and paving before summer arrives
  3. Check compost bins to ensure the quality and quantity is sufficient
  4. Wipe down/paint or vanish any weathered tubs and pots
  5. Look out for signs of pests and diseases, early prevention is key


As William Shakespeare quoted "April hath put a spirit of youth in everything" - go outdoors if you can and embrace the opportunity to get some fresh air and be creative.