Early April Gardens

I know that T.S. Elliot’s poem The Wasteland isn’t about gardens.  It is idiosycratic, densely symbolic and ultimately about beauty and meaning in a modern world in ruins.  Kind of appropriate for the way things seem in the world right now some times…but my post is about gardens in early April.

Rhus typhina 'Tiger Eyes'

In that way, I always think of these lines when out in my garden for the first time each season…

Cercis canadensis 'The Rising Sun'

April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of  the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.

One thought on “Early April Gardens

  1. It sure is!

    We just did the annual pruning of our fifteen year old standard elm. Cut it to the bone, if you will. My husband is a Dutch floriculturalist and this is how they prune most of their trees in the Netherlands. it is amazing to watch as the the new growth sprouts from bark.

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