All Dozen Fanal Astilbes Re-Emerge For Their First Spring - April 2021
Last Summer, we bought and planted a dozen Fanal Astilbe #1 containers in the south bed of our backyard. They immediately struggled as we went up to Wisconsin and they dried out. When we got back, I baby'd them with a brand new soaker hose and hoped for the best that they'd all come back. Well, this Spring, I'm seeing some good news: All twelve are back. Some are more vigorous than others. But, they're all showing some purple/maroon little growth coming from the mulch.
I've mentioned this before, but one of the projects that I have slated for this Spring is to set the final edges of our backyard beds in a curvilinear layout. A month or so ago, I laid out what I called the "Order of Operations" with the backyard that details the steps that I intend to take: remove the wire (done), extend beds, transplant, clean up, plant new stuff, mulch, and lay down the wire again.
As part of the 'extend the beds' project, I wanted to be sure that the crew doing the sod removal knew where these Astilbes were located - so I grabbed a can of marking paint and drew some circles. Here's the twelve circles in the photo below:
And here's a close-up of one of the Fanal Astilbe plants that has re-emerged this Spring: