Thursday, March 31, 2011
The Little Astrantia That Almost Wasn't
Astrantia 'Abbey Road'
It's nothing unusual to most gardeners, the need to snoop around in early spring, trying to spy the first spring of growth that signals a plant has made it through another winter to grace us, yet again, with it's presence. Sometimes, however, the well-intentioned gardener can unwittingly damage the plants they are fretting over. Such is the case with the above Astrantia.
The related Astrantia major emerged over a month ago...but I still hadn't seen any signs of the hybrid 'Abbey Road'. I waited. I watched. I cautiously pulled back some mulch in a few of the areas I was "pretty sure" I had planted them in. At one point, I even wandered to the top/back of the border (my front garden in on a slope) to check things out. Imagine my surprise, today, after I was looking again (and found signs of life in a few patches!!!) when I looked up and saw a sprout...right there...in the middle of my muddy footprint. Yikes! I guess it's another good lesson that no matter how frail plants seem, they are tougher than we think...and have a will to survive even stronger than our need to control them :-)