Canada Anemone (Anemone canadensis)
Blue False Indigo (Baptisia australis)
Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
This morning we heard quite a ruckus from the robins and blue jays and spied their concern...a turkey vulture roosting in one of our dead ash. We are always so impressed with these huge birds that help clean up all the dead animals. The robins just didn't get it that all the TV wanted to do was preen in the morning sunshine. I thought it a perfect perch and if I could fly, I would sit there too.
We've been busy these past few weeks seeding lots of flats of native plants:
This year, we are using a better drained, more sustainable mix that is sourced from a local company with local materials: Rusy Bed tree mulch, which we will report thoughts on as the season progresses.
We topped the pots with a mixture of worm poo and seed starting mix to hold moisture better while the seeds germinate.
It was such great fun this year to do the seeding with Steve...even with his Popeye elbow. Yes, Google it. That's what working too hard and carrying heavy road litter will get you.
Anna Lee and Little Girl also helped quite a lot shuffling about, pecking unearthed insects, chatting with us and offering us many opportunities for laughs!
We continue to add our pots to our young orchard. As the trees grow, they will offer nice shade for plants in pots that don't like to bake in the heat. We really, really like this integrated approach to our nursery and are excited to see how it evolves over time.
This morning I took these pictures of a couple of newly germinated seeds - woo hoo!
Seeds - just WOW. What can we say other than their life cycle sure is extraordinary?!