SixOnSaturday November 21st. Hardy Individuals

SixOnSaturday is brought to us every week by the propagator. Six things in or of the garden. Visit the comments section of his blog to enjoy sixes from around the globe.

As winter approaches and hibernation sets in (for me) I try to draw inspiration from the natural world. Here are six examples.

  1. Galanthus Nivalis. These hardy little bulbs are poking their heads through at least 2 months earlier than usual

2. Excuse the fuzzy photo. This is a wonderful double feverfew. It appears to be perennial. It is flowering profusely even though we’ve already had snow and heavy frosts.

3. My first attempt at growing California Poppy. I’m not sure if they are truly winter hardy here but the foliage is very lush and beautiful.

4. Primula Veris forging ahead toward spring. 

5. The hearty hardy winter harvest. A wheelbarrow full of carrots, beets and turnips to warm us through the cold days ahead.

6. Morus Nigra. Two hundred years ago, dreams of riches from silk thread sparked mulberry mania throughout the Northeast US. Tens of thousands of mulberry trees were planted during the 1830s as prices for the saplings soared to outlandish heights.

This sapling wins the Hardy Prize for 2020. It is the offspring of a very old large Black Mulberry tree (aka the bird buffet) that lay down quietly in my vegetable on a still, moonlit night about 10 years ago. The wood is extremely wet, heavy and long lasting. Logs from that tree  still edge my vegetable garden. I still find saplings every summer. I like to think they are the great grandchildren of those silk producing trees in the 1800’s.

Loved by birds, the fruit is produced over most of the summer. As the season grew hot and humid the berries ferment, resulting in inebriated blue jays and doves waddling drunkenly about and crashing into things.

There are my Six. I hope your week is a good one. Stay safe!

21 thoughts on “SixOnSaturday November 21st. Hardy Individuals

  1. What a lovely story about your mulberry – we need news like that at the moment! Plants are pretty wonderful. I do hope your Californian poppies survive – I discovered today that some seed I sowed earlier this year (late spring) had germinated, so I hope mine survive too! I’ve never been successful with them at all although there are other joyful patches in this village.

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  2. California poppies in my 8b zone scatter seed, then the seedlings overwinter to bloom in spring. Then there might be a second generation from those. Mulberry trees are too messy for me! And fruitless mulberries are nice shade trees, but get so big.

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  3. California poppies don’t grow during the winter here, but now that I have them, they emerge faithfully every Spring in large numbers. The idea of drunk birds in the garden is an amusing one. Presumably they manage to sleep it off somehow.

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  4. That is a great picture of your basket full of roots with the low winter sun. It must five you a nice warm glow when you enjoy the produce of your own labour. The foliage of your Californian poppy is rather attractive.

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