Sunday, April 20, 2014

April 20, 2014-Week 18- And we have a winner

It is a magical time. Almost every day there is some new surprise.
The best ones are the ones that make me say something right out loud.

Here is one from yesterday.
First I found one little plant and then another with little colored straws next to them. (In the picture below the old straws have been replaced with new and more vibrant straws.) This tells me that last year I marked that place as one that I might forget. I wasn’t quite sure what I was seeing. It looked a little like peony foliage. There were two little tiny plants, just a single shoot, that were not more than 2-3 inches tall.

Then I remembered. They were tree peony seedlings. I had brought some seed back from the east coast 3-4 years ago. They never germinated in the pots when I tried to get them to sprout. Finally I just threw some seeds in the ground and forgot about them. Sure enough, 2 years ago they sprouted. And here they were, surviving the worst winter that Iowa could throw at them.
I do figure it will be only about 10 years before they will bloom. But I will keep those colored straws out there and make sure I do not weed them in the spring.
As a postscript, since I found those two seedlings, I have found 3 more.

So lets finish the contest. Your grand winner this year was the purple crocus group.

The full voting last week was:
Crocus group 30
Trillium 11
Hosta Liberty 12


For your bonus pictures this week here are pictures from the garden this weekend, two glorious days, with lots of sunshine.
A note about the double bloodroot. They bloomed this weekend, which it turns out is one week earlier than last year. In 2012 they bloomed on March 20.

Now that the contest is over I will ponder what happens next. One thing for sure is the blog will continue. I will try to keep you up to date with the latest from College St.
Maybe some of you can come by and say hello, or not.
I will muddle along and one day soon get all the wood chips put out on the garden paths.
I can't wait to see what comes next. I think it will be bluebells and hosta, not a bad combination.


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