We’ve been having an extraordinarily cold spring this year. Usually I’ve recorded a day or two above 70 degrees by Valentine’s Day. This year, we have yet to reach that sort of warmth.
This weekend we may finally see some warmth! Some of the plants are starting to show signs that they are ready to start growing. A few weeks ago I got a few clumping bamboo so I could block an ugly air conditioning unit. I’m not completely sure of what the bamboo is, but I’m thinking it’s Fargesia robusta or F nitida. Probably robusta. F rufa is a pretty common clumping bamboo around here, but the height and upright manner of the canes doesn’t scream Frufa to me.
In front of the alleged Fargesia, I plan on placing a few Melinus nerviglumis Ruby Grass. They won’t be nearly as tall as the bamboo, but they’ll provide year round interest. Low maintenance plants are great!
This tree fern is pretty fast growing, as far as tree ferns go. It doesn’t have much of a trunk right now, but if I can keep it happy it’ll start looking prehistoric soon. There are two trunks forming, and several hairy fronds unfurling on each trunk. Fortunately, the bamboo tepee I have over the fern kept most of the fronds from breaking during last week’s windstorm.
There is only a week left before the greenhouse is due to be built. I can hardly wait, and my temporary houseplants are straining at their roots. They want to be in the ground!
I love a challenge. Whether it is germinating seeds from exciting new plants (at least exciting and new for me), keeping and raising fish, poison dart frogs, and ornamental shrimp, or navigating new areas of the world without maps or guides, I am interested in it. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest most of my life, and I'm still fond of moss and gray skies.
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