You may recall our long term project of converting the backyard swimming pool to a natural plant filtration type system. Unfortunately it will costa plenty and has to go on the back burner for this year at least. So in the meantime I thought I'd play with some local native plants that might play a role in the wetlands area where the filtration would go on.
These are plants I gathered last year from a neighbor's creekside property that lies about a mile or so from our house, and they were languishing in pots for quite a while. So I planted them in a 5X3 bed between the greenhouse and the neighbor fence, next to a hosebib, and under a shadecloth which Wood Rat installed some time back.
The planting is somewhat random - I'm driven more by curiosity than esthetic values I have to admit.
I also put in a couple other local natives I've propagated - seep monkey flower (the yellow flowers above), and (these just needed a home) naked buckwheat. Those are in the upper left corner in the photo above and lower middle.
Near the hose end are some little five-spot (Nemophila maculata), California native annuals I bought from Goldrush Nursery. (In my garden these are "OK exotic" plants because they are not locally native and I don't believe that they will naturalize here.) They're kinda floppy right now cos they also languished in their tiny pots for too long but they are looking a bit more hopeful. The ones I put in sun did not survive but these in the shade are doing OK. Maybe it's the extra water.
The hose is lying there leaking benignly into the soil to keep it wet. I move it around every day or so.
The pot in the lower left of the photo above is one of the Mystery Seeds I sowed in December or so, from my local natives collection. I have no clue what it is. Maybe it's a weed. Someone said it might be Horkelia. I'm hoping it will flower and make my life easier.
So here they are and here is just a little about each one.
|Probably Cyperius eragrostis, tall flatsedge? -- Native but could be invasive - hence the danger!! I have a whole flat of seedlings...|
|Probably Equisetum hyemale, scouring horsetail. Another one that can take over. These are new sprouts from a transplanted clump. Interestingly, horsetails are in a class of their own, and they are also grouped with ferns.|
|Iris leaved rush, Juncus xiphoides, a true wetlands plant. I'm looking forward to seeing what this does. Another plant with wide distribution in Western states of the U.S..A.|
|I just love these western coltsfoot leaves. Petasides frigidus disappears totally much of the year, then puts up round stems topped with lovely globes of florets, then these leaves.|
|Western coltsfoot inflorescence - photo near the place I took the clump for propagation.|
|Asarum caudatum, wild ginger. I'm glad I've resisted bringing in ginger from elsewhere. I hope I can use these in many areas - if the deer will leave them alone. Propagation effort begins when I can collect seeds! They have lovely leaves.|
I added a label, wetland habitat - so related posts can be more easily viewed in the future. I hope!