We’ve had a combination of mild temperatures and longer days, with snow and damp cold. This winter weather isn’t stopping the buds from growing or new things to come out of the ground! The images below start with a comparison of one day snow, one day no snow. Here’s what’s happening around the garden.
Also, next week I pick up more natives, and am very excited! May have over-shopped a bit without regards to whether the plant would have a home in my garden (though I thought I did okay with planning), so we’ll see. Coming up in this order from East Multnomah County Soil and Water Conservation District:
- Two vine maples (one in front, one in back, let’s see how they ‘take.’ These guys are a great native alternative to Japanese maple.)
- Five evergreen huckleberry, to go under osso berry and mock orange (delicious berries!)
- Couple of wild ginger (I think the ones in the front get too dry; so I’m going to plant some more in the shady damper backyard and see how that goes)
- Two [more] snowberry (I can’t help myself. Will plant either in the front, where I recently planted a couple in the fall, or in the back)
- Some Hooker’s Fairybells (lovely name for a lovely plant! Will plant among the osso berry/mock orange/evergreen huckleberry/oxalis bed)
- Woodland strawberry – the wild strawberry I planted in the front is doing well. I’ll try this as groundcover in the back.
Finally, we have chosen a place to site the chicken coop and run, where the compost pile is now. It gets a nice combo of sun and shade, and if we punch some holes in the fence, they’ll see some morning sunlight for egg production.