|Spring in the "rock garden"|
|Red Tailed Hawk in Summerland, BC|
|Seedlings in the sunroom|
In the quest to attract butterflies and help "save the monarchs", I plan to grow a few varieties of milkweed. I germinated and planted some orange-flowered Asclepias tuberosa last summer (haven't yet flowered), and have seedlings of Asclepia curassavica (the tropical milkweed) and yellow-flowered Asclepias tuberosa growing in the sunroom. The tropical milkweed likely will not survive the winter as a perennial, but will likely set seed an an annual, so the species may persist in our yard (and hopefully not take over). The native Showy milkweed, Asclepias speciosa, is growing wild on scrubby slopes across the street from our house,
|Plants in the sunroom|
My sunroom is getting filled with plants and the vegetables aren't even started yet! I hold out hope that the hardy perennials can move outside in a few weeks and that will make room for MORE SEEDLINGS! As you can see, I have supplemental LED grow lights (more on these on my LED page) that lengthen the day and provide some bloom-promoting red spectrum light to the orchids. I am searching out new shapes and types of inexpensive LED grow lights and finding that
|First crocus leaves|
this field is quite new and mostly caters to the growers of "medicinal plants" that I am not particularly interested in.
The crocus leaves have been poking out of the ground for 5 days now. I can't wait to see flowers! I planted these bulbs last fall, the first bulbs in this newly-established landscaping. The flowers will look sparse this year, but I will look forward to clusters of spring color in years to come.
Our pet dog, a husky-malamute cross, is enjoying the increased human outdoor activity. She's following us around the yard and exchanging dog-greetings with the neighbor dogs. We are fortunate that she doesn't have much interest in digging up our plants. She only digs occasionally in wild areas, and likely only to follow a burrowing rodent.
|Kona, the husky-malamute|