Last year the plants were more or less the same as when they went in, except for some of the flowers which flourished. Watersheds told me that they would take a couple or three years to really start. All the growth goes into the roots at first. Some didn’t make it at all and some look dubious but overall I’m very happy with what happened… I also put in another hundred pollinators… I ordered 48 more from Connaught Nursery this year. I know, I’m an optimist. These are hummingbird attractors. Cardinal flowers and a few other interesting types. I think I will sprinkle them up near the house. I am determined to have as little lawn as possible and still have it look pretty. It’s a lot more work than I would’ve thought to go natural. Worth it though.
The coreopsis were gorgeous and I think will spread well. The black eyed Susans were very robust too. They are a much bigger variety than the wild ones. I planted a couple of witch hazel which I really hope make it but so far they are not showing too much. Also, the pasture roses are at a standstill and I have hopes for them to grow. The fragrant sumac are still just sticks and there are a lot of them. Some of the other bushes are like that too. The service berries are slow to grow too. I am hoping that someday I will get berries.
~Fran Murphy, Trout Lake