Six on Saturday. 4 April 2020

32 thoughts on “Six on Saturday. 4 April 2020”

  1. Great to hear how things are going in France, it seems we have little choice but to trust at the moment. On to more jolly things. I love the species tulips and especially the T. sylvestris which I had grown before but forgotten about. Thanks for the reminder! Stay safe and well x

  2. I liked learning the tale about the cowslips. I hope you and your loved ones stay safe.

    It is horrible to witness mask wars. I thought it was crazy when our government asked manufacturing to start making health equipment. I didn’t think they’d be able to do anything quick enough, but after a few weeks, it seems to be having some fruits. I don’t know if any are making high specification masks here yet, but I really hope all of our countries can find ways to make some.

  3. Have you added your Yucca rostrata to your garden for a long time ( you planted it last autumn)? Has it already spent the winter outside without protection ? I want to buy one and put it in a large pot on the terrace, but I’m afraid it will freeze and/ or rot due to the humidity of Normandy… So I hesitate with a dasylirion…
    Lovely pink-red tulip parrot !

    1. Hi Fred – no, it was only planted in spring, but specially chosen for hardiness (down to -10, I think), I actually wanted Yucca glauca (which grows even in the Canadian prairies – where I’ve lived, so I know how cold it gets in winter). But I was too late by the time I ordered, although found a very nice French nursery online who supply it. I think the problem will be my heavy soil, not the cold. We’ll see – if you don’t try you don’t learn!

  4. Yucca rostrata seems like an odd choice there. It does not like to be too damp through summer, or even through winter. It does not mind rain of course, but likes do dry out between storms.

    1. On a slope – always incredibly dry. That’s why I chose it. Have searched long and and hard for stuff to grow there. I think you were part of the responses last year? Was looking for plants to gorw in ‘dry prairie’. Am now growing from seed the grasses that everyone recommended for prairie, as well continuing to do a lot of research into prairie planting. Note to heavens: Can I just have more people saying ‘lovely’ or (constructively) saying ‘this is what I suggest’?

      1. I am not qualified to make suggestions for your climate, although I do happen to be very fond of Yucca rostrata and all the other species of Yucca. It really is a striking one.

      2. They do not seem to be too discriminating about the soil, and will even do well in dense soil if they are not watered too frequently. Because they disperse their roots so efficiently, they can find what they need, and avoid what they dislike.

  5. I am not a fan of the parrots. The heads are too large and I find them quite ugly. Although I have liked parrots in the past so maybe there has just been too much breeding in recent years. I do however love the Tulipa sylvestris – I had some in the garden, but they have failed to materialise for the past two years. Last year I saw leaves, this year nothing so I suspect they have all died. Are yours planted in the sun?

    1. Full sun, very dry. My experience of ‘disappearing’ bulbs is that someties they pop up again when you’ve forgotten them! Fingers crossed!

      1. Mmm… well mine are in shade and a very wet garden! Probably lost them then. But I might try some next year and plant them in a pot for the first year.

  6. Bizarre behaviour with the masks.. 😐 Your species tulips in the midst of other plants us a lovely effect. Strangely, parrot tulips seem to be the only type of tulip that has stuck around here (except species)

  7. Your garden isn’t showing the effects of no rain, at least of yet. Hopefully you’ll get some soon. All of your tulips are so beautiful, even the ‘cuckoo’ ones that aren’t what you expected. To an eye that doesn’t know what they should be, they are lovely. What a shame about the cherry. Perhaps it’ll get its act together in the next few days.

  8. if your dandelion weeder is anything like me, he will have gone to sleep with a residual image of dandelion leaves plastered on to the back of his eyelids! stay safe,

    1. He looks out at them sometimes from our balcony with his binoculars and reports that there are now three more, he must get moving. Nice to think of lighter things!

  9. We have some of the same favorites! Particularly the Clusiana species tulips and the Poeticus daffodils. There are loads of the Poeticus at Lurie Garden and I just planted some of my own last fall. I could use my own dandelion picker, though.

  10. Lovely to see your parrot buds, I think I agree that they are almost better in bud although I rather like them when they are completely abandoned at the end too. Interesting to read about wanting to trust the authorities; Italy has rather surprised me by being very organised and there’s no panic buying in my local area, not sure that’s true everywhere. Our local mayor has forced masks and is supplying them FREE to everyone, I haven’t tried to get any yet but it seems very good.

    1. And lovely to hear from you – I have been thinking about you and hoping you are well. Interesting your news on Italy – I’m sure you have read in the British press that the good organisation has been put down to the continual need to cope with disasters in the form of earthquakes. What a proactive mayor you have – ours is mostly busy tending to his cattle!

      1. Unusually for here, he’s a very socially minded mayor. There haven’t been any new cases in our area this week which is a positive sign.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s