are showing off their attractive rosette stage. (A Passalong Plant:Blue-eyed Mary)
We have a tendency to think of winter as a dormant season with plants at rest, but there really is a great deal of growing going on all winter. Just take a walk in your garden and you'll see signs of active life! Mosses, fungi and lichens are alive and thriving and the weedy winter annuals are reminding you that weeding isn't too far away! (go toThe Fascinating World of Fungi for more on them)
|Edible Auricularia auricula/Jelly Ear growing on dead hardwood branch (January)|
|Astranthium integrifolium/Entireleaf Western Daisy|
Entireleaf Western Daisy starts blooming in April (and keeps on going most of the summer). Blue-eyed Mary is also an April bloomer, but, blooms only for about three weeks. If pollinated, they set seed that matures and drops onto the garden soil where it has several months of warm stratification (necessary) before it germinates. I find they both germinate best in situ and you need to be on top of the BEM in order to harvest ripe seed, (it needs to be planted immediately).
Here's what works for me: Place a soil filled container near them to catch falling seeds; leave the container in the garden until the following late winter or early spring and then plant those seedlings when the ground is no longer frozen. Repeat to increase your collection.
|Collinsia verna/Blue-eyed Mary|
I am hopeful that there will be blooms to show you later this spring, in the mean time, here's a peek at what's to come.
Happy Spring my friends.