The County had a ‘burn ban’ in place starting near the beginning of March. This is somewhat normal, since although the ground may be damp or even wet, there’s a lot of dead grass in the early spring that’s very combustible. We joined the province in issuing an extended burn ban this year to avoid sending first responders to fight out of control grass fires when they may have been needed to help deal with COVID emergencies. This meant that all open fires – camp fires, burn barrels and industrial or residential burn piles were prohibited. My burn pile consists of accumulated brush that can’t be easily composted – mainly buckthorn branches and other fallen, dead wood, plus ornamental grass stalks and wildflower (aka weed) stalks with seeds. The ban was lifted about 10 days ago and, after obtaining my permit (on-line for the first time this year, instead of at the library), I had my first burn of the year on Sunday. My pile is at the far end of the property, well away from structures yet within reach of the garden hose, just in case. I hope to provide it a proper stone border this year, to make sure things stay within the proscribed three metre size limit. Last Sunday’s Burn is the first of the Six things in my garden this week.
Every Saturday, The Propagator encourages gardeners around the world to share six things that are happening in their garden. Please pay his site a visit to see what’s going on outside our COVID enclosed personal space.
I’ve had a few semi-failed attempts at seed starting this year. My artichokes started out great but quickly developed either a disease or an insect infestation or a reaction to bad growing conditions. They’re hanging in, barely, and are now hardening off on the porch. If they turn out well they’ll likely be part of a future SOS. My tomatoes also started off like gang busters. Unfortunately they continued to grow like gangbusters and are now flopping all over the place (seriously – they are a bushy 40 cm high, at least…). Hardening off will begin for them today, if I can figure out how to safely move them from the light stand to the porch, and back again after their allotted daily limit of natural light, for the next week or so. Ugh!
Numbers two through four this week are images of successful attempts at propagation.
Back to spring bulbs for the final two this week. First off is Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant‘, sometimes called Summer Snowflake. I’m not sure why, since it blooms in late spring. And it look more like Lily of the Valley on steroids than a snowflake. Whatever – I really like it and have a dozen or so clumps like this growing here and there.
And this is Fritillaria persica. It’s a huge bulb and this one looks nice and happy but, like F. imperialis, it doesn’t grow that well in my garden. I planted a dozen bulbs just three years ago and there are just a few stalks this year, with these being the only ones flowering. Worth it? Probably, since I’m out there ogling it all the time….
Have a great weekend everyone. If you live where restrictions are being lifted, please, be safe. Practice physical distancing – don’t be like the Exotic Emperor tulips or Quail daffodils in this bonus shot.