Thursday, March 1, 2012
I was home for lunch this afternoon and was poking around the garden, trying to see what was coming up so far...and what hadn't come up yet so I could get busy fretting about them (I'm an Olympic-level fretter). While poking around the Astrantias I noticed a few little seedlings coming up in a few patches.
Actually, A LOT of little seedlings! At first, I blamed the poor Japanese Anemone that sits nearby (but not for long...it's already starting to encroach into other plants' crowns...time for it to move). After looking a little closer, however, I think they are probably Astrantia seedlings.
How did I deduce such a thing...this is how...the empty seed heads that were nearby. I suddenly remembered tossing them into the garden after cutting them back last Autumn. OOPS! I know they have a reputation for seeding about...I just didn't really think much of it. I'll have to wait until they get their first pair of true leaves to really be able to identify them...but I'm fairly certain they are Astrantias.
I'm actually kind of excited...there are three different varieties of Astrantia planted in this spot, 'Alba', 'Roma' and 'Abbey Road', so who knows what these new plants will look like. Astrantias are notoriously promiscuous...a Scarlet Letter plant if ever there was one. If they are, they I will have new plants to fill in some of my problem areas (so much heavy, wet clay to deal with here on Rhone Street). Plus, I might even have a few for a future plant swap!
Do any of you have any "surprises" in the garden this spring so far?