That most recent bitter Arctic blast felt like a hard punch to the midsection. We are usually working outside by this date. Today the temperature inched above freezing and a check on the exposed plants was in order. Native Lobelia cardinalis is a personal favorite. It is not a true perennial as none of last year's plant returns. A cluster of new daughter plants emerge from the snow cover already growing. We are underway with this year's garden.
Dwarf phlox was new to us last season. This plant seems to have shrugged off the cold and the snow. Deer feed on the regular phlox so we have kept the dwarf plants caged.
Chervil is actually a treasured weed here. As a frequent ingredient in early salads, I have to sneak the overabundance into the compost bucket.
Finding this Shasta daisy alive was a real treat. Then the picture revealed the fact that a rabbit found it before I did. That diagonal stem nip is a sure sign of rabbit.
Becky found blue eyed grass growing in the lawn when we lived in the village. It has had a home in our garden ever since. It resembles many weedy grasses and has been nearly pulled out many times.
These bluets were protected by locust leaves and the stems that they grow on. The stems hold the old leaves in place. I find the size of locust leaves tidy. Generous air circulation around the small curled leaves helps prevent rot while providing some shelter.
Fringed polygala is another prized evergreen native. Its crow excluding wire cage has been set aside allowing close visual inspection. That looks like new growth trying for an early start.
Recent melt water formed a sizable pond near the town road. That bitter Arctic air froze the surface water before it could drain away. Now the sedum stems support the ice showing just how much water was briefly trapped here.
The walk about was pleasant enough but I simply must put some seeds to soil. A 30 gallon trash can was filled with prime potting soil last Fall and stored in the basement. Everything is in place and the planting will soon begin.