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.
thanks for the shout out Gail - I always enjoy your bloggsReplyDelete
So cute! ~~DeeReplyDelete
I have never heard of blue eyed Mary here in the UK, although we may call it something else! Love its delicacy.ReplyDelete
I would love to have blue eyed Mary in my garden. I love her she is so beautiful. Lucky you to have her.ReplyDelete
I certainly wish I had these two pretty winter annuals instead of the Henbit and Creeping Charlie I have! Your idea for catching seeds in nearby pot is a great idea--I might try that for other re-seeders that don't like to be moved or divided.ReplyDelete
I love the name of Entireleaf Daisy, as if there was any doubt about how much leaf you'd actually be getting with this plant. Its directness is admirable. Plus, it's cute. :o)ReplyDelete
Thanks for showing us the foliage and the blooms, and explaining a bit about each plant. Happy spring!ReplyDelete
Lovely native plants! There's nothing quite as exciting for a gardener, than to see the first Spring plants popping out of the earth.....ReplyDelete
Hi Gail, IMHO, the fungus steals the show. Fungus fascinates me in most of it's garden forms. Not so crazy about the kind that grows in my fridge altho sometimes it is colorful. I have a few early spring bulbs breaking the surface but no perennials yet. Always and exciting time.ReplyDelete
Lovely flowers, and once the snow melts I will see lots that has been growing all snuggled under that thick white blanket.ReplyDelete