I was going to dial in my apologies for this week. There is much potential in the garden but could I really subject you to six photos of emerging shoots. Could I cobble together something or would it end up a busted flush? Well the social streak in me is strong and I enjoy being a part of the #SixOnSaturday meme so here I am again.
As the new growth on the perennials comes through I cut back the old stems. But the seed heads on these Agastache foeniculum can provide some winter interest in the border for a while longer. They are ‘Alabaster’ and give lovely white spires of flowers for the butterflies to feast on in the summer.
Other plants do not fair so well over the winter. Here are two plantings of Stachys byzantina ‘Silver Carpet’. Those planted at the sunnier end of the border are holding their own but those at the shadier end are disappearing fast. This is their first year in the garden so it will be interesting to see if they pull through. But if not, I have the spot at the shadier end earmarked for some more hellebores. It’s so important to have the right plant in the right place!
Yes, here is another hellebore photo. I am becoming a great fan of them and love it when the white ones catch the sun.
There was a tweet in the week about a rosemary being in flower. Yes, it is in my garden too. This border has the sun from early morning to mid afternoon and with its back against the brickwork the rosemary does well here.
Also doing well are the penstemons. Known for being on the tender side, the advice is not to cut them back until new growth starts to come through. These penstemons have come through the winter in strong leaf but I won’t cut them back until the weather is warmer and then I will cut back to points of strong growth a couple of centimetres up from the ground.
And here’s where I bust my flush! It’s an emerging shoot. No apologies for being excited to see so much new growth on this iris. It is an allotment share from a well established clump and has a lovely tall stem with white flowers but I don’t know the variety. I’m looking forward to the warmer weather and this shows that spring, although postponed for a week, is on its way.
The Propagator is the place to go to read more #SixOnSaturday posts, just what’s needed after a chilly session in the garden.