Garden Rambo in “Last Frost”
When I got back from L.A. last week, my yard was exploding with life and new growth. Everything I planted last year survived and is now waking up from its winter slumber. I looked back at my blog from a year ago, and another from a month later to see what progress I can make this year. But first, here is a photo update on the plants from last year!
As you can see in the following photo, the cattails have exploded with new growth. I counted 29 or 30 new shoots. I think we had half that last year, and that was after a transplant. The rhizomes have actually grown into the grass and out of the aquatic pool I dug, because the ground is so wet right there (which is why I dug it out to begin with).
The Kiwis are leafing out which is awesome. I’m going to put a longer pole in for them to climb. I’m going to train them up the play structure but they need to get a little longer first.
I thought the arctic raspberries would die off, but they came back with a vengence! I kept checking over the last few weeks as the mustards and dead nettles came up, but didn’t see anything. I was so excited to come back from L.A. and see them all over the place! Hopefully I’ll be able to try their fruit this year.
The salmonberries looks terrible at the end of the year and a bunch of the branches died. But look at them now! Hopefully they will get nicely established and flower this year?
I was also worried the camas wouldn’t come back but there it is! With a few new growths too! It’s already sending up its flower stalks on most of the plants. I’m guessing the first year ones are the ones without flower stalks.
The baby Willamette Valley Pine has doubled in size, boasting four branches and counting!
I weeded this little area and transplanted some yarrow babies from the grass, since that usually gets cut by the mower, I had no idea yarrow was growing there. I don’t know how well they will handle the transplant. Their roots seems very established (fighting with the grass roots). Which confused me because I thought they were annual, not perennial. I’m wondering if they die only after they flower and go to seed, so if they don’t get the opportunity… do they keep living? I realize that may sound stupid but I’m also realizing I don’t know much about plant growth. I planted the yarrow in a circle around whatever the hell that thing in the middle is. My mom said she didn’t plant it, but it looks like an ornamental that was intentionally placed there by the spacing, so I didn’t weed it.
So that’s most of what I planted last year, plus the yarrow I just transplanted. Oh, the Pear tree is doing well. I forgot to prune it last fall, so I’ll definitely want to do that this fall. Ron finished the green house, so that will be available for sprouting this year and winter greens this winter.
Next up is to weed out the garden and plant the seeds. I’d like to fill in the rest of the water feature with cattail rhizomes. I think I’m going to buy a bunch more Camas and put it around the pine. I’d also like to plant some wild onion around the marshland. I need to sit down with my parents and draw up a plan for this year.
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