Still kicking after all the abuse this winter has dealt them... these are the Viola arvensis seedlings from pansy pollen. Soon they ought to be exploding into growth and bloom...
Saturday, March 1, 2014
I unintentionally started this iris experiment back in 2002 I think, with a cross of 'Clown Pants' X 'Rosemary's Dream'. The seeds germinated well in these two medium size plastic pots and I getting them into the ground just never seemed to be at the top of my to-do list. The first picture shows them coming out of winter in February of 2004. Cleaned up and even sporting a bloomstalk, the second picture shows them in May of 2004.
Fast forward 10 years... the third picture shows what's left of them still in those same pots.
Keep in mind that they've never been fertilized in all that time. AND they've endured repeated spells of drying out, when I've forgotten to water them. Heck I don't think I watered them hardly at all last summer. So these few remnants have got to be some of the toughest little guys around. Gotta get them into the ground finally after all these years so they can show me what they can do in normal conditions.
Posted by Tom at 12:35 PM
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Since we're practically snowed in today with 18-24" forecast (I think we're over a foot already), it seemed about time I posted these ice pictures from our last winter weather "event".
On the species rose, Rosa fedtschenkoana
On our Yoshino cherry... and check out that tree behind the Norway spruces - it's really straining under the weight of all that ice. It sounded like gunshots out there from all the limbs breaking off everywhere.
On a little grand fir Abies grandis.
And then three general icy landscape pictures I thought were pretty.
Posted by Tom at 10:45 AM
Growing a fine crop of Odocoileus virginianus (white-tailed deer) in the garden
and this picture serves as a good "before" picture to contrast with the ice covered "after" picture of the bamboo in the second picture. Since there isn't a whole lot of plant activity at the moment, next I'm going to post a bunch of ice pictures from that last storm (which was LOTS of ice).
Posted by Tom at 10:37 AM
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Yesterday, had to pull over and take pictures of the really cool rainbow. Wish my phone took better pictures - it was a full rainbow with a faint double.
Here's this morning's pretty picture - frosty foggy 26 degrees with the roads all coated in a film of tricky ice.
Posted by Tom at 5:27 AM
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Since it's in the 40's F today, I took a few minutes to survey the winter foliage character of various bearded irises. Typically the foliage has died back leaving very short leaves in the center of each fan. This first picture shows some of these. I'd removed most of the dead leaves from them a couple of months back when doing some Fall clean-up. But you can see how little green is showing.
Posted by Tom at 8:51 AM