Since I was off my feet at the end of summer and into October, I missed the usual season of transplanting, end-of-summer plant sales, and gardening in general. But, it has been warm and I’m more excited than ever to get started on setting the tone for our landscaping next year. After posting pictures of sweet fern a couple of weeks ago, a friend said she has a bunch growing in a field that they plan to burn to get some blueberries started. Yes, I was interested! I headed out (in a drizzling rain) on Friday and we dug several sweet fern (Comptonia) plants for me to try out in our yard. Thank you so much, JM!
Even though sweet fern is native and grows in all kind of difficult sites, it’s reportedly hard to propagate. I put most of the plants right in the ground, but I am also trying this propagation technique with one root sucker – we’ll see if it works. They are cold-stratifying in the fridge right now.
Also saw a witch hazel in bloom this morning while walking the dogs. Nearby (in a roadside edge), a sucker is growing in what was recently bulldozed ditch material. Might have to go liberate it from its gravelly grave – it won’t do well given its location right on the new dirt road edge.
We’ve also been organizing the garage (not photogenic) and will circle back to working with the rest of the logs that need staining next weekend. But it was nice to get my hands dirty outside for a change!