Six on Saturday, 11 February 2023

35 thoughts on “Six on Saturday, 11 February 2023”

  1. For you, cats make holes in the fleece. My cat falls asleep on it and crushes everything below ! As you say, we love them so we excuse them.
    Very nice close ups of hellebores at the end of your Six

    1. Thanks Fred – and you are so right (my cats do that too!). I had a cat in the past who used to use the black landscaping fabric on my slopes to fall asleep in as a hammock. I thought I’d lost him at first until I discovered what he was up to on sunny days in spring!

  2. What a lovely tour of your garden. Euphorbias for me need to have their old flowered stems cut out after flowering to allow new growth to come forth. Last year I decided to get rid of the lot except for two small ones, as my sun and age damaged skin requires no further irritants!

    1. Yes – I always do that Noelle – cut out the old flowered growth after they’ve finished to allow the new. Unfortunately the new stems at the base (which look nice in my pictures), always grow up long and straggly! Don’t know why! It’s one of life’s great mysteries. I will carry on for a while

  3. It’s a pity and disappointing to lose snowdrops. Those with green on the outer segments are becoming more and more popular.

      1. Access to UK suppliers has been cut off for us which has been an inconvenience but one local seller has an arrangement with Avon Bulbs and brings in large consignments early each year. And I have also bought a few more this year but I am becoming more and more inclined to developing large drifts of good growers rather than small pinches of special cultivars.

  4. I’ll take whatever posts you manage, it’s always a treat to see the garden at this time of year. Honestly though, who has the time to post in May!?
    Glad to hear you are on the way to sheets of snowdrops. I think viridapice is one of the nicest.

  5. Oh my! Sorrel looks like a kitty I do not want to mess with. Darla is like that, but is proficient with controlling vermin, so I do not complain. She is semi-feral. Only Rhody can get close to her without getting slapped and scratched, but then he chews her ears in a manner that seems to be quite unpleasant. It is weird.
    Anyway, is that some sort of Yucca in with the grasses in #5?

    1. Yes, well-spotted, Tony. Its Yucca rostrata. It’s been in the ground for 2 or 3 years now, so doing fine (although not brilliantly). I was trying to go for prairie planting since I thought it would suit my very difficult soil. I think I’ll buy more later on, since it has persisted.

      1. Oh, that is an unusual choice. Yucca rostrata likes warmth and dry summers. It eventually develops a short and stout trunk, which may not be compliant with your preferred prairie style. Yuccas that are endemic to the prairies are terrestrial, such as Yucca arkansana. However, Yucca rostrata is one of the prettiest of the genus. Yucca arkansana looks sort of weedy. It happens to be one of my favorites though, since it is one of only a few I found in the wild. I brought it back from Oklahoma.

      2. Well – looks like I boobed! I have a very poor memory, but I think that (about 4 years ago) ! I was googling hardy yuccas and chose one (I think it was Yucca glauca) that looked appropriate (native to Canadian prairies). Then it was sold out, then I chose this. It’s hard to get the right plants in France – I have to buy everything by mail order. It has survived -10 to -15, but is definitely not growing very strongly. It is in this area because it is intensely dry in the summer and I was struggling to get an architectural plant to grow that would like cold conditions and then heat and drought. So – it’s not happy, but it is alive!

      3. Oh, Yucca glauca is tough! Yucca rostrata is tough also, but in a different way. It tolerates cool weather, but does not do so well if the cool weather lasts for very long. It can tolerate rain that keeps the soil damp for a while, but does not like the soil to stay damp for very long through a long winter.

  6. Beautiful garden ❤ Good looking spinach and fabulous culprits….pussycats!

  7. I got pleasantly lost among the many interests in your garden Cathy. Curious what you learn about the Euphorbias. I had E. ‘Blackbird’ in a pot for a number of years until it didn’t. Others such as E. ‘Shorty’ and ‘Ascot Rainbow’ never adjusted to life in my garden. But they’re such cool plants I understand why you haven’t given up on them. Have fun in the garden.

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