The apple trees are starting to show green leaves. I have not seen hide nor hair of the Jerusalem Fartichokes, so i don't know if that row became a winter larder for a number of small woodland creatures... The lilies are starting to poke through, the Toronto tulips are beginning to open:
the Fritillaria imperialis is blooming along with an offshoot:
those are the Marigolds
Yesterday i got another flat all planted (this was the windy day re-do), i did :
I got the email that my Richters order has shipped:
1 pkt S1382 Bergamot, Lemon Seeds
1 pkt S2283 Echinacea, Yellow Seeds
1 pkt S4122 Mulberry Seeds
1 pkt S4510 Pleurisy Root Seeds
1 pkt S5040 Roseroot Seeds
1 pkt S5370 Seabuckthorn Seeds
1 pkt S6925 Wolfberry, Chinese Seeds
1 pkt S4102 , Siberian Seeds
1 pkt S4270 Nettle, Stinging Seeds
And my order confirmation from Specialty Perennials:
LE29-A8 Leonotis leonurus 'Lions Ear' 2
RU2B-A7 1 'Autumn Colors'
MDPR-A7 1 'Panorama Red Shades'
HGN8-A7 Scabiosa caucasica 'House Hybrids'(Special Offer) 1
RP05-R Paeonia anomala(Special Offer) 1
So my ginormous seed list is going to get bigger. I resisted the urge to get any Asclepias from SP, though i was done in by the special offers that appear during checkout- they really are pretty good deals, around half off.
Oh, and i am going to buy a small electric fence setup to protect the garden:
The negative review it got seems to have been written by a nincompoop. Scary that his username implies that he is a pilot.
I have researched a similar setup and it gets decent reviews, plus since we have a local Tractor Supply i'm having it shipped there and if i have issues with it, i can go right there to discuss the problem or return it.
The hoophouse idea is supposed to keep out bugs pretty well, but i am not expecting it to keep out woodchucks. I was hoping the dog might deter them, but i am not counting on that either, and likely it would be too late to find out even if so. I was thinking i'd just fence the garden off with something like tomato fence or chicken wire, but i read they can climb that and i don't feel like discovering that they have some sunny day.
So i might as well go with a zapper. It looks like it would cost the same anyway, the number of metal fence posts i'd need for the chicken wire- or even wooden stakes plus the wire itself...
I expect to get two rounds of wire from this, one low and one a few inches higher.
We'll see how it goes!