Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Work! Work! Work! That's all I am doing these days! I am posting some more pictures of my trillium has they looked last week. They are now starting to go to seed and there should be more little seedlings for next year! The big trillium above is Trillium erectum and it is a beauty! It is in a bed that is moist throughout the year and gets partial sun for most of the morning. The other pictures show one of my Trillium grandiflorum plants with their white flowers and some Trillium sessile babies that are not yet old enough to flower (they must be at least 7-8 years old to flower). The yellow flowered trillium are Trillium luteum.
I am also posting a few pictures of the work I have been doing getting my last BIG experiment started! What I am posting today are some pictures of the rhizomes that I will be using in this experiment. I have 1280 rhizomes that are ready, willing and able to go into the hydroponic troughs to prove my hypothesis that Actaea racemosa rhizomes, whether they are cut up or whole, can survive and grow in a commercial hydroponics system. I am using rhizomes between the ages of 3-7 years old and will hopefully at the end of this 2-3 month experiment have rhizomes that are the size and maturity of 12-18 year old rhizomes! Unfortunately, I cannot post pictures of the actual experiment until I am ready to publish my results but I will keep you posted on what is happening! As I get the rhizomes into the experiment and get things started, I will be back to posting more regularly and will continue the postings on native plants for your garden! Thanks to all of you loyal readers out there for sticking with me through this busy time and wish me luck as I continue this important work with this amazing native medicinal plant!