Willow and blueberry guild
This is a coppice and shrubland guild designed for a water receiving low spot at Foxhall garden. This area is inundated for several days following rainfall in Winter, and stays moist into early Summer.
There are four areas within this guild:
- trailside - herbaceous plantings along the main path, a short way through the blueberry shrubland, including the trail itself.
- blueberry rings - on alternative sides of the trail are rings of blueberries. The long way through is to follow a serpentine path (yellow lines) on the outside of the blueberry rings doing a loopty loop through the site during blueberry season while tending chickens.
- blueberry hollows - inside the ring of blueberries is a fairly shade tolerant herbaceous mulch planting designed to be cut before the drought comes and used to mulch the blueberries.
- shrubland - which surrounds the more intensively managed blueberry circles and trailside, occasionally harvested for poles, osiers, medicines and flowers.
- Salix scouleriana - Scouler's willow - common drought tolerant willow, fast growing, coppiced primarily for osiers and poles, with medicinal harvest as necessary.
- Salix discolor - Pussy willow - Coppiced for floral harvest.
- Myrica gale - sweet gale. similar to bay leaf, with medicinal properties, a couple plants in the wetest areas.
- Fraxinus latifolia - Oregon white ash - a few individuals coppiced mostly on the north side of the patch. Wood is strong and burns hot and clean. Poles make good tool handles. Nice fall color.
- Petasites frigidus - coltsfoot, cough medicine, primeaval leaves, very sprawly aggressive native.
- Montia siberica - miner's lettuce/spring beauty. se;f-sows in gaps.
- Plantago lanceolata - plantain, food/medicine
- Rumex spp. - dock - medicine
- Vaccinium coryombosum - Highbush blueberry - arranged in circles of 6 or so plants each.
- Juncus effusus - soft rush - very aggressive, nice cut flower potential. cutting in early summer will reduce seedbank spread. Long lived mulch.
- need a wandering plant that comes later in the season to grow amongst the cut soft rush as it regrows?
- is there another good mulch plant to try here?
- Asparagus - A fried of mine said in naturalizes in wet ditches in the mid-west US. In clumps, dump some manure under big leaf maple leaves in fall to mark and reduce competition.
- Veronica americana - speedwell/brooklime - salad element. re-seeds
- Metha spicata - spearmint - tea
- Montia siberica - miner's lettuce/spring beauty - more salad, re-seeds
- what other perennial food plants can take winter flooding?
- Mimulus guttatus - monkey flower, pretty
- Potentilla anserina-pacifica - silverweed, roots edible, sprawly binder
- Iris tenax - wild, spikey flower
- Iris japonica - japanese iris, spikey flower
- is there an Iris with edible root like I. pseudoacorus that is not invasive?!
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