The planting on the south side of the Elevated Lab is establishing quite well, in spite of the winter bird damage warm dry spring. Truth be told, we have re-planted the bird damage, and also initiated an irrigation regime in order to maximize establishment. In any case, most of the species planted have either flowered or are presently flowering, which is a delight to behold.
The first species to flower was the shooting star (Dodecatheon, or Primula, hendersonii). What a beauty! Although there didn’t seem to be many bees or pollinators around in early April, we’ve since observed that most of the spent flowers have been replaced by fruits. We’ll try to propagate the seeds for next year. By early to mid-May, the Common camas (Camassia quamash) began flowering the woolly sunflower (or Oregon sunshine) (Eriophyllum lanatum), field chickweed (Cerasium arvense), and Sedums have come into bloom. Isn’t spring the best time to be alive?