Friday, March 20, 2020
The appearance of a wild bee on a crocus flower speaks more about the arrival of Spring than any number on a calendar. The protective cage is required to block our herd of deer from eating these beautiful blossoms. Recently thirteen deer were seen taking their evening meal near these plants.
Purple Bee Balm was planted behind the bench in our new shade garden last year. That location gets generous amounts of sunshine each morning. We selected that spot near the bench since Bee Balm flowers attract Hummingbird Moths. Human presence does not bother these hovering insects so when the flowers appear we will be able to sit on our bench while surrounded by feeding moths.
This plant native to a far away continent was also intentionally planted here last year. Using a more natural approach we simply scattered mature seed heads on the surface of the ground. That method was clearly successful but flowers may be one year away. Native plants hold most of the ground here but these very early bright yellow flowers simply could not be denied.
Early Meadow Rue occurs naturally across the valley. Plants come in either male or female form. Becky knows the difference and that impressed the operator of a nearby native plant business. We purchased both genders but have yet to see the second plant. Our experience with these plants is limited to May visits so we have no way of knowing if the cluster of new growth will open as flowers or leaves. Leaves might be what appears here next.
Jacob's Ladder is an impressive plant. This one may be large enough to divide now but we will most likely buy another plant or two. Strong winds filled with large raindrops sent us up the hill before all of the desired pictures were taken. Rain now will only improve the size of the new growth. We will return when pictures are possible without getting the camera wet. It just feels like our gardening habits will take us outside. Becky pointed out small Catnip plants that are sized for successful transplantation. That may well be the first work done outside tomorrow weather permitting.