Posted on 2023-01-012023-01-01 by the_dr_blue12/2022 backlog of infrastructure and little babies Yesterday, 12/31, I finally glued on the rain barrel cap holders that the Chef 3D printed for me! I used epoxy after cleaning both surfaces with ethanol. Paula got solar powered outdoor lights for Christmas and has used them to make the path to the compost visible! Edit: thanks to Mom for inquiring if we can turn the lights out. Yes we can! It’s important not to pollute the dark with more light than we use at any given moment. I am hoping these tiny seedlings are the annual bluets that sometimes grow in this part of the yard. Keeping an eye on them. A tinier potential annual bluet seedling next to the comparatively large wild geraniums. These two pictures were 12/31/2022. 12/28/2022, the Ratibida columnifera rosettes survived the big cold! Two Verbena halei rosettes also exist and made it! Finally, and very thrilling, two potential Penstemon oklahomensis seedlings! They don’t appear to be hairy leaves like some other common seedling volunteers. Stay tuned. Shackleton enjoyed a leashed walk in the same excellent 12/28 weather. Jeanne kindly sent us some Salaginella riddellii- Riddell’s Spike-Moss. We put the biggest chunk in the rainbow garden (in green of course) on 12/25. We put a smaller piece of the spike moss in the cactus planter. 12/25 was so nice we also moved some volunteers. This is the big root of a poke berry! We moved those along the back fence where another pokeberry lives. We also moved several ampelopsis from random spots in the yard to along the south fence trellis. A blackjack oak acorn with a sprout on it! We planted this exciting find (12/24) into a pot on 12/25. Fingers crossed for a spring sprout. Judy gave us an adorable toad house! I have placed it near the veggie beds. Please come eat our earwigs, toad friends. 12/24 checking the pot containing Sedum nutallii from Jeanne. The sedums seem to have made it along with Verbena rosettes (V. Halei??) and other intriguing volunteers. Going somewhere! Wow!! Happy briar in the car. On 12/24 we visited the lake at Lexington WMA. This seasonal creek was frozen solid! The lake was too. Briar wears her hunter orange. After the deep freeze, only the top tips of the recently transplanted rosemary got frozen. They were pressed down by the sheets. But the sheets protected the rest of the plant!