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Nothing is as enticing as close up shots of spring flowers that show satiny blossom complete with glistening dew drops. And what about gardens that bloom in perfectly timed, perfectly color coordinated splendor, acres of red tulips, rivers of blue hyacinths, and entire woodlands carpeted with crocuses? How can you resist? Not me. I add a few more every year, trying to captivate those images of naturalized flower bulbs gardens. Each plain brown bulb becomes a surprise package filled with color and fragrance. Visit your local botanical garden for an explosion of floral color telling us spring has arrived! My all time favorite is Butchart Gardens - and to think it is was limestone quarry!

Where to go for acres of bulbs …

Acres of spring flowers at the Butchart Gardens

Butchart Garden, Victoria BC

The Roman Goddess of Love 'Aprilis' was honored when naming the month of April.

The name of the month is derived from the

Greek word for “opening”.

April is the month from the Celtic background

of a rebirth of the soul.

Native Americans called this month 'Pink Moon' from the herb moss pink a wild ground phlox which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring.

April's flowers are daisies for the English, sweet peas for the Canadians and tulips for the Irish.

The colors of April are pale blue, all shades of green, pink and yellow.

April showers bring May flowers!

Spring fever is fact - all the serotonin that’s roaring through our system because of the increased amount of sunlight, serotonin is formed by sunlight.

Winter = melatonin = hibernation.

Spring = serotonin = Spring Fever

April Fun Facts:

Robin in the spring garden

Spring Thoughts

April 2015

For the Spring Salad:

For the Lemon-Parsley Dressing:

Options for serving:

To Make the Lemon-Parsley Dressing:

To Make the Spring Salad:

If desired, serve the salad with chopped hard boiled eggs chicken and avocado.

Minty Pea Soup recipe by Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer / Bon Appétit April 2013

Shaved Spring Salad

Shaved Spring Salad

Tasty Spring Eats:


Chef Hugh Acheson believes shopping locally is a civic duty, and recipes are solutions for what to do with a bountiful harvest. This book will make you hungry.


This co-authored award winning book gives the home gardener 60+ examples of plant combinations that work for every purpose - a complete “recipe” that even a beginner gardener can follow.


This  creative book received the 2014 Silver Award of Achievement. It is written from a DIY floral designer's point of view, to inspire anyone to go green and make a beautiful bouquet with what's at hand, no matter the season.


It’s pretty easy to love  this book, whether you’re a

Gardner, historian or someone who enjoys a spirited drink.  There are more than 50 drink recipes from simple syrups to spiked punches to sophisticated cocktails. Here is your chance to learn how common plants contribute to our drinking traditions over the years..

The Broad Fork

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