It was a very exciting day. My order of bareroot plants from Fedco arrived today. Part of the order, Polana Everbearing Raspberries, I am storing covered in the garage until I can get them planted later this week. The perennial flower part of the order came with instructions to pot the bareroots in one gallon containers. It was really interesting to unwrap all these different plants; one doesn't usually get to see the roots of your plants just sitting on the living room floor. It's crazy how different the different plants are.
First out of the box was Black Cohosh (Actaea racemosa). This is a large growing, shade loving flower. It will be perfect in the backyard to go along the wood fence.
Next was a Fringed Bleeding Heart (Dicentra eximia), which unlike the bleeding hearts you'll commonly find at nurseries, is native to the eastern US forests.
When everyone was potted up, this is what I had:
These will stay inside on colder days, heading outside when the temperatures above around 40. Once we've cleared the last frost date, they are good to go into the ground. All of these are going to make a beautiful start to the shade, forest garden under the 3 large deciduous trees in my backyard.