02/18/2024 finally the right spot

A cluster of the broad lobed columbine leaves. They have a blue-gray tint, rather different from most greens in the yard which have a more yellow background tone. They’re pushing through last year’s fallen dry brown red oak leaves.
I have a loose rule that if I can’t get something to grow and thrive after three tries in different locations then our yard is not the home for them. I was delighted that we finally found the right spot for the native red columbine. It’s a foot or two down-“stream” of the bird bath runoff. This friend really prefers to stay moist. The leaves have been growing slowly all winter poking out of the leafy layer.

02/10/2024 maybe also Lomatium??

This seed cover looks a lot like the carrot leaf Lomatium and it does seem to be their sprouting time. And I’m pretty sure I seeded some here in backyard concrete blocks. the fuzzy seedlings nearby are Heterotheca subaxillaris (pretty sure) and the little succulents are Sedum pulchellum.
A second suspect, sans seed cover, with two long skinny seed leaves. That wrinkly thing is my gloved finger tip.

02/10/2024 rain forecast tomorrow

That means plant moving time! (Because if it rains then I don’t have to water them.). This is one of two C. altissimum Thistles that have survived (a third seedling is up too we noticed). I’m not sure if the cold was too much in a pot, or it’s been too wet. All the undulatum seem to have died and a big chunk of texanum did too, because of those two holding too much water in pot trays. The texanum in the ground seem fine.

02/09/2024 Lomatium rooting

A small flat seed, with darker stripes in the middle and paler papery edges, sits on my palm with a single tiny root extending up about half the length of the seed.
I was looking at the seedlings and soil in the caliche planters when I saw one of the carrot-leaf lomatium seeds we planted last spring. I picked it up and was surprised and delighted to see it has a single thin root emerging! I set it back carefully with the root facing into the soil and gave it a bit more water.