Green fuzz growing

The sedges I started to grow last winter have progressed rather nicely this summer, from the tender green fuzz this spring to four inch tall plants that are well rooted.

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They are ready to vacate their pots and find a new home in the parkway rain garden, although this will have to wait till next spring after I am done with the rain garden preparations. If we get the promised mild winter, I may even get some preparations done this year.

And the sedges will have company! Late this summer we divided a whole lot of wild geraniums at one of my clients’ rain gardens.

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We ended up with so many extra rhizomes that I took a bunch home and potted them. Some of them were in a hurry to put on some growth and developed leaves.


I also needed to cage them because the squirrels kept digging them up to take a nibble. After replanting some of the unearthed rhizomes for the third time, I prescribed protective custody, thus the wire mesh.

I now can dedicate some thought to what other companion species I would like to include in the rain garden, to keep it functional and with seasonal interest.

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About Marcus de la fleur

Marcus is a Registered Landscape Architect with a horticultural degree from the School of Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Sheffield, UK. He developed a landscape based sustainable pilot project at 168 Elm Ave. in 2002, and has expanded his skill set to building science. Starting in 2009, Marcus applied the newly acquired expertise to the deep energy retrofit of his 100+ year old home in Chicago.

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