Today was a beautiful fall day, and I took advantage of the sunshine to plant my spring bulbs.
Lots of sunset colours caught my eye this year, so we now have one planter filled with two types of orangey-pink tulips plus white hyacinths and another featuring orange and black striped crocuses, white narcissus with pink and yellow coronas, and blue hyacinths for contrast.
Then we have these gorgeous, gorgeous red-purple anemones that I’ve paired with dwarf irises and white narcissus.
I can’t wait to see everything in the spring! Most of these bulbs will bloom March/April, with some hanging on into May and the crocuses starting in February.
This tiny personage is an Anna’s Hummingbird, resident of the cedars at the back of my yard and a frequent visitor to my deck garden.
She (I think? Based on colouring, I’m not an expert) likes to perch on the top of the tomato cage, and I’ve had several opportunities to watch her (or her kin) drink from the feeder attached to the kitchen window.
11 days ago I planted this tomato seedling after accidentally severing it from its root ball. I buried as much of the stem as I could and did my best to keep the soil moist. Tomatoes can grow new root systems, but the biggest hurdle to clear was keeping the plant hydrated enough to avoid vascular collapse long enough for rooting to occur. Think of it like cut flowers in a vase; the stem alone can draw water for a few days, but eventually the flowers wilt.
As you can see, the plant is alive and healthy today! It’s still quite small as all its available energy has had to go toward growth below the soil, but it should take off soon. Meanwhile my father-in-law’s plant is fully 2 feet tall 😅
Disaster! A runaway tomato cage decapitated one of my tomato seedlings today as I was preparing to plant mine in it’s final home.
The victim wasn’t the seedling I had planned to keep for myself, but ‘you break it, you buy it’. So, now we have a two-part science experiment.
Hypothesis A: the root ball and remaining stem will send out new shoot(s) and continue to grow
Hypothesis B: the rootless stem will produce a new root system and continue to grow
It’s maybe not as hopeless as it seems; tomatoes can grow roots nearly anywhere along the stem and particularly from leaf nodes. This is why you should bury tomato seedlings up to the top few sets of leaves when you plant them. The deciding factor will be if the planted stem can hang on long enough to grow new roots.
I might be buying a seedling for myself next weekend!
Just a quick update on my tomato seedlings – they’re coming along nicely, most with two sets of true leaves after just over 2 weeks. Three of the original set didn’t sprout so I replanted those – that’s why a couple seedlings are behind the others.
The sprouts are maybe getting a little leggy; the setup I have doesn’t let me put the light as close to the pots as I’d like. I’m not too concerned about it, though. When I plant my tomatoes I always bury them up to the top few sets of leaves anyway, because tomatoes will grow roots from the buried stem and leaf nodes. This actually improves the root structure of the plant!