As has become something of a tradition, it’s that time of year where we share what’s in and going into the garden. It’s also that time of year where we get to show off our completely non-existent graphic design skills with our super wonky-looking planting maps! Ah, well. They may not be pretty, but they work for us. So without further ado…
So this year’s garden represents a mix of tried & true and new ideas. Thankfully, the weather is getting better — warmer, less rain — so we should be good to go for some in-ground planting soon. Maybe not this coming weekend, but the week after for sure. We did get outside this past weekend (oh, how nice it was to see the sun after a full week and then some of doom and gloom!), but the yard remained far too wet and soggy to really be in for any length of time. Still, it was great to be out in the sun.
Oh, and we think we have any update on that mystery plant we shared a couple weeks ago!
After a ton more searching on the Internet and comparing pictures, we’re about 80% sure that what we have growing here are shingle oaks.
What brought us to this conclusion was seeds. Well, acorns, specifically. In addition to the seedlings we have going, and they’re still going), we found one more cell in one of the seed trays that contained the inklings of a similar plant. We pulled that one up to find not one but three round seeds all rooted together! All three had the very distinct shape of an acorn, and one still had the flattened, indented top on which one would usually find an acorn’s “hat.”
This find led us to the oak family; and the shingle oak, though not exactly found often in our region, was the only one with leaves that seemed to match the shape and side of the leave on our seedlings. (Who knew that not all oak tress had those distinct, fluted leaves? We certainly didn’t!) This also somewhat makes sense given the number of small acorns that we’ve been finding outside in the garden beds. Who the heck knows where the squirrels got them from! And it’s possible that one of the trees in our yard, or a nearby yard, is a shingle oak. We’ve not done that investigation yet.
So, hey, maybe we’re growing oak trees! That’s kind of awesome. We we’re kind of hoping they were cherry trees, but those they definitely are not. Too bad, that.