And just like that, it’s already June. And what a dry start! We haven’t had rain in weeks and I’ve already had to start watering all the plants in containers and the newly planted things in the ground. I don’t recall it ever being this hot and dry so early in the season. The soil is already bone dry in several parts of the yard. Ominous.
Let’s switch focus to the good things in the garden. The plant itself isn’t much to look at, but Calyptridium umbellatum rewards those of us who take a closer look. It’s a common plant from the mountains of Oregon and California that’s been growing happily in my rock garden for the last year or so.
Other beautiful things in the garden include this golden green moss that I wasn’t able to identify. Found growing on one of the concrete blocks in the yard.
Although not scented, this is my second favorite peony, Paeonia obovata var. willmottiae from Windcliff Plants. An ethereal, pristine white. Ephemeral too. Flowers lasted less than a week, but the leaves are still lovely.
Nearby, the unrolling tongues of a hart’s tongue fern (Asplenium scolopendrium). I would be very grumpy if there was an actual hart in our garden. This one is better.
I was pleased to see that both of my Oplopanax horridus plants from cuttings had made it through the winter. Here is one of them. I took the cuttings from some branches that broke off in the February 2021 ice storm (here). So, although I can’t get the seeds to germinate, at least now I know that I can get more from cuttings!
The Oplopanax must have been hungry, underneath I found a skeletonized leaf of some poor, unfortunate victim.
Last picture, my unexpected success propagating Begonia bowerae from leaf cuttings. I picked a few leaves off, dusted them with rooting hormone and pressed them into potting soil. Presto! Baby begonias! My original plant is slowly reverting to an ugly all-purplish-brown leaf with no distinct markings, so I am glad to see that the babies have the markings that I want.
Made some progress in the garden today. Installed two fence posts and two fence panels (yay!) and working on a new project that should make it into a future blog post. Hope you are all being happily productive too!