|The tubular flowers of fireweed mature into long |
seed pods, as seen on the lower right.
Fireweed is named for its tendency to appear in great numbers after fire has cleared the competing vegetation.
The tiny seeds, ca. 1 mm long, need to be cold-moist stratified for 60 days for good germination. The tiny seeds also need to be surface sown, as they need light for germination. I started the stratification in damp sand last week, so I should be able to get them into trays in early April.
|When stratification is done, I'll just smear the damp sand/seed mixture on top of the soil.|
|Rose verbena as it's looking in mid-February. It's taken some damage, |
but it's looking good close to the ground level.
The spotted beebalm I had a few years back has petered out. I think it lost out to more competitive plants around the vegetable garden. It is a short lived perennial and relies on having good places for new seed to germinate to continue in the garden. For this new crop I will put it in spots with leaner soil and where its seed can germinate without being covered by other plants.
As far as shrubs, I'm just reinforcing some of what I got last year:
Eastern Red Cedar, only one from the three I planted last year was successful. This year I'll get them in the ground sooner and do a better job of clearing away competitive plants.
Chokecherry, I'm 1 for 2 on this species. For these I will need to clear a larger space so they can get established. Once established they should grow quickly on their own.
American hazelnut, these are surviving well in somewhat shady locations. I have identified several other woodland edge areas where it would be nice to have this native shrub fill in.