Sometimes those sheep or their mischievous little lambs find a way past the fences you put up, because they can see that not only is the grass greener on the other side, but there are also tasty things other than grass to chew on.
One or more of those sheep got over a fence recently and wreaked havoc among the crops I'd planted, trampling some while eating the tops off others...
|They seem to love eating fiddleneck flowers|
|...and of course crapping on all the vegetable beds.|
|As if the rabbits weren't bad enough.|
Back on a windowsill, what initially looked like a blueberry it now seems is not; I don't recognise these flowers:
I've had no success so far with Strawberry Tree seeds sown after 6 or 10 weeks of cold-stratifying, and only one Scots Pine seemed to germinate weakly after 6 weeks.
|I'm not sure why it got thin at the base like that, but it may have something to do with hibernation times, or could just be a dodgy seed.|
Scots Pine seeds seem to have been the most successful so far, germinating about 50% of the time, though half of those become weak and fall over (or get knocked over by pets):
|These were sown after 10 weeks.|
The one Monkey Puzzle seed that germinated, out of four that I planted a few months back, eventually succumbed to a fungal infection and snapped off the stalk. I'm thinking that maybe I need a lighter potting soil to sow some of the seeds in than the garden-variety compost that I've been using.
Also, since all four Elaeagnus cuttings that I tried to propagate indoors appear to have slowly died, I think I'll make up a rooting mix from brewed willow next time I try and do that, in case that can help them to establish. Forgetting to clip their remaining leaves in half can't have helped either.