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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Greenhouse open for another year.

Since the weather has warmed we decided, to haul a couple of truck loads of plants to the greenhouse.  We usually open the greenhouse around this time of  year, some years a bit earlier, depending on how warm the weather is.  For now we have taken out perennials and annuals that tolerate colder temperatures.  As the weather gets warmer we will start taking out all the plants.  They settled in very nicely appreciating the sunshine.

 Brunnera Mac. Jack Frost doing very well.

 Hosta plants sending out new shoots.

Asclepias Tuberosa (Butterfly plant) and Daylily (Lavender Blue Baby)

Today I decided to take a look at the Hen and Chick rock garden and I must say they survived the winter with flying colours.  There is no sign of winter damage and hopefully tonight will be the last really cold night they have to contend with.  They may succumb to some winter kill this evening without the snow cover and the temperature dipping to double digits. I will start harvesting them to plant in the hypertufa planters along with the other varieties of succulents we have this year. 
The perennials are eager to get growing this year.  On my way to the rock garden I checked out the perennials and I was really surprised to see a lot of them sending up new growth already.  A few days ago there was still snow on most of the perennials.  The Fern Leaf Peony, Daylily's, Yarrow, Delphiniums and a few others were sending up new shoots.  
The birds are starting to return.  The Bluebirds and Juncos were the first to arrive, then we saw a couple of Robins, Northern Harrier Hawk and today we spotted the Sandhill Cranes.  We anticipate the cranes every year as they arrive in large numbers (hundreds of them), stopping to feed before heading further north.  A small number of cranes spend the entire summer in the area.
This weekend is our first Saturday back to the Farmers Market in Saskatoon.  We will have a fresh supply of cut pussy willow, available in tall bunches for floor vases and small short bunches for tabletop vases.
We will also display a few succulents and hypertufa containers.

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