Saturday, February 19, 2022

Broken record

Sometimes, just for fun, I take a gander at old blog posts, to see what's changed over the years. One thing that has not changed is my complaining about the weather in February. So let's skip that part this time and look forward to spring.

Another newcomer to the front yard will be prairie alumroot (Heuchera richardsonii). I've grown a few heuchera plants with spotty success. This plant should act as a ground cover while flowering in spring on stalks that are 1-2' tall. It is beneficial to both butteflies and hummingbirds.

Wild geranium (Geranium maculatum) likes shade and that is what it will get, tucked behind the Japanese maple and in a corner near the front porch. It spreads by rhizomes but is not aggressive. If I take the trouble to deadhead the flowers, the plants should bloom from spring into early summer. Mourning doves like them, as do deer, but if I see a deer that up close and personal, I will be surprised.

Winter is a good time to repot houseplants, but the bag of potting soil is in the garden shed, frozen solid. The backyard has been too treacherous to try lugging it anywhere warmer, so the houseplants will have to wait. Well, all but the xmas cactus. I have a small bag of cactus and citrus potting soil inside, only because it never made it back to the shed. So one houseplant down, at least five or six to go.

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