The seedlings were ready to be planted. They were sown last January first, from the same CA native wildflower seed mix from S&S Seeds purchased last Fall and sown for the meadow project.
The blocks were a bit dry after a week of no rain and the seed tray was deep enough that a fork worked well to lift or pry each block out.
The area to be planted is in a field, which I call ‘The Meadow’. Not the new meadow project which is to the south of the house, but straight off the back of the house, two levels down beyond the Patio Garden and the Salvia Garden. This meadow has only been weeded, removing filaree whenever it’s seen and planted with three Deer Grasses, Muhlenbergia rigens. There are some natives, Yerba Santa, Eriodictyon crassifolium and thousands of Pretty Face (or Golden Stars), Triteleias ixioides and Elegant Brodiaea, Brodiaea elegans sprouts ready to bloom in the next few weeks. These sprouts can be seen in these photos as slender straps about 6 inches tall.
The planting area for the seedlings is in morning shade of a small oak, a remnant of one that was removed for our 70 foot long septic leach lines, which are on the uphill and downhill sides of the meadow.
The seeds were sown in native soil mixed half and half with potting soil. Each planting hole is dug, as close in size as the block, so as not to disturb too much soil. Then, the soil is pushed from around the sides, the dirt from the hole filling in and being used for the tin watering ring. A small indentation is dug on the uphill side to catch water.
Each block was placed about 10 inches apart and hopefully next year will reseed. As the blocks are planted, I notice masses of tiny feverfew seedlings which I scrape off the surface of the soil with the edge of the trowel. I don’t mind feverfew some places, but not here.
Each is soaked with water. I feel happy about planting right before the rain.
The last muffin is dug out from the tray. These Yerba Buena in the field are cut down by half in Fall and so will grow bushier. They have pretty lavender flowers in May, but can look ratty the rest of the year unless trimmed.
I checked, they’re fine, amazingly, being young native Californians, but many of the other wintersown seedlings sown the same day were damaged during the last frost. Like always, we’ll see, and you along with me!