in which i believe tony avent when he says it is a myth that baptisias are hard to divide

part of me wants to say that it’s been unusually cool and rainy for the past several weeks and then i remember that no, actually, it is meant to be about this temperature (50’s and 60’s) with a liberal application of rain showers this time of year and it just hasn’t happened recently (3 years?  longer?  last year this time it had already hit 90 and baked most of my plants).

so i have decided to be methodical (or obsessive, whichever adjective you prefer) and to dedicate this welcome cool and rainy period to doing perennial upkeep chores like dividing and transplanting.

including (especially??) my baptisias.  much googling revealed that it is a truth (almost) universally acknowledged that baptisias have huge gnarly roots that hate being divided but i found a naysayer in plant guru tony avent, who was quoted on a garden forum saying that is a total myth. i’m a contrarian so i went with that.  my “vanilla creme” produced many little shoots for me – my “lunar eclipse” reluctantly gave me two for the price of one – my “white knight” was completely uninterested in tony avent’s opinion.

friday 27 april:  2.2 miles; ~5500 steps
saturday 28 april:  5.2 miles; 12,151 steps

tick count: 1
number of times i was bleeding:  3
proof that there is a god and she wants me to be happy:  a pizza in the freezer for dinner (hallelujah)
proof that for every up there is a down:  i looked at my finished to-do list and man, it felt like a lot more work while i was doing it

spotted:
sisyrinchium angustifolium
liatris spicata
echinacea “cheyenne spirit”
tiarella cordifolia
sanguinarea canadensis “rosea”
sanguinarea “multiplex”
cimicifuga “brunette”
hakenochloa “all gold”
burgundy lace fern
aruncus diocious
polystichums
primula kisoana

germination report:
sanguinara canadensis “rosea” (!!!!!) from seed i collected last year
mayapple
asclepias ovalifolia
asclepias viridis
asclepias tuberosa
asclepias exaltata
asclepias hirtella
asclepias purpurascens
asclepias syriaca
asclepias incarnata
asclepias verticillata
asclepias arenaria

planted:
wild senna
aslcepias incarnata “cinderella”
echinacea “pow wow white”
crooked stem aster

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