This spring, one of our flats of Rohdea japonica seedlings turned up with an inordinate number of variegated seedlings. In a flat of approximately 1,000 seedlings, we typically expect 3 – 10 variegated offspring, when the parent plant has white streaking in the middle of the leaf (L2 layer).
All of the variegated seedlings were removed and potted individually last week…all 300 of them. It will be fascinating to see what unique forms result.
From the flora side of the garden, the lovely sacred lily, Rohdea japonica is flowering today. Our bet is that many folks have never slowed down long enough to actually see a rohdea flower, but if you look close, you’ll see the pollen is ready for hybridizing.
Representing the garden fauna, we are loaded to gills will Kildeer this year. One nest of five has already hatched and squawking incessantly, but two more mothers including this one have a secure space in our parking lot. Of course, our fox family has also been keeping a close eye out for the blessed event.