I was away for a week recently and I knew there would be a lot of growth while I was gone, but I am amazed at how much! One peony looks like it grew at least a foot and developed multiple buds. The clematis buds multiplied all over the trellis and became enormous. The azaleas exploded with their stunning flowers. The roses increased their foliage dramatically and I could even see their buds at a distance. It is incredible how much growth has happened in just one week.
The month of April in the North Carolina mountains is glorious. The days are warm, the soil is soft, and the landscape rapidly turns green with new leaves. It is that vibrant shade of green during early spring that is so thrilling to see. On May 6, 1854, Henry David Thoreau wrote, “The whole landscape is many shades greener for the rain, almost a blue green.” That is happening now!
I noticed early plant growth in February: the autumn sedum was emerging then as well as the catnip. So the plants have been growing for several weeks in a subtle way. By April, with the warm temperatures and more sun, the growth has become accelerated. But I feel like if I turn my back, if I leave for a week, that seems to make them grow even more! It is amazing how much gardens can change daily. When I am here I don’t notice the growth so much every day, but several days away reveals the intensity of plant growth at this time of year.