After The Rain

We had a cold front move through last night as we slept, bringing numerous thunderstorms. Fortunately, here they were gentle with just a few gusts of wind. The rain was long, light and welcome, just what my potted seedlings needed to rinse out our hard well-water.

When I patrolled my greenhouse, I plucked out a few weeds from the pots and took the opportunity to transplant the last of the Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia Creeper) from a crowded 5 inch pot where they germinated into individual pots where others had not survived the winter, some Swiss Stone Pine and Thuja occidentalis. After I was done, I washed my hands and took one last tour of the greenhouse. A seedling spoke to me…

It was a very healthy and vigorous Nanking Cherry (Prunus tomentosa) seedling that I had previously distributed from a crowded nursery pot to an individual but tiny pot, just two inches or so… There was something wrong with the picture. Why was this seedling as large and strong as the seedlings that were in larger pots? I was intrigued and searched for another free pot with soil. I found a huge five-gallon pot wherein was a tree that had accidentally been winter-killed the previous year. It was too big for anything that I had and, honestly, so heavy it was difficult to move. What if I gave that ambitious seedling the opportunity of a lifetime and put it in the huge pot? I did the transplant. To my amazement, the Nanking Cherry had not crowded its tiny pot at all. It just had very efficient roots… Chuckle. It fooled me. I think it may be a month or two before it realizes the opportunity that it was given. We shall see. Growing conditions are perfect this June. I rolled the huge pot into a sunnier location.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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