Six on Saturday, 2-3-18

We’ve had thaws and freezes, rain and snow. The thought of hopping on a flight to somewhere warm is awfully appealing.  During those thaws, I stomped out to the compost heap to give it a few pokes.

There are signs of life! Not just in the compost heap, where the steam rises, but also in the beds and borders.

Tips of daffodil foliage emerging from the ground
Daffodil leaves push up through the soil.
Leaves sprout from stems of Buddleia.
Buddleia shows signs of life.

The ceramic pots went up into the garage attic for winter, but the unglazed clay are fine left out, as long as they are emptied.  Their warm, orange glow reminds me of warmer days!

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A terracotta pot soaks up some sunshine.

I moved some thyme to a bed where horseradish once dominated.  It absolutely flourished. Even the dried stems provide some interest in the winter thaw.

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Winter thyme!

Fifty percent of my gardening effort is spent on keeping weeds and grass from sprouting between the bricks. I’ve had little luck.  Anyone have a great solution?

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Even in shades of gray, white, and brown, there is natural beauty. You just have to be willing to look!

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20 thoughts on “Six on Saturday, 2-3-18

  1. Lovely post. I glyphosate paths in April when weeds are growing well and that usually does it. But you may not want to do that. I am of the opinion that judicious and careful chemical application is very useful.

  2. I cannot wait until the snow melts and we can begin to see the small sprouts coming out! Always such a lovely sign of hope and renewal!

      1. Yes, we are getting a snow storm this weekend. Went from no snow and 30s to 10s and 6″ overnight!

  3. I’ll probably be drummed out of Six on Saturday, but I like things growing between pavers. A bit of corsica mint & there’s a lovely smell w/every step. Creeping thyme for the wider spaces than what you have in the photo. Larger flowers grow in the corners. I’m a stone mason’s nightmare. On another note, I didn’t know horseradish grew here. Did you have success with it?

    1. My hubby is with you – he especially likes when mosses grow, though they aren’t reliable and don’t work in sun. It seems I still get weeds between the bricks, even when planting grass. Maybe I should give it another go.

    1. Is the bleach harmful? This is near my veggies. The torch is a fire thing, right? That might just be the ticket. I tried a natural clove oil weed spray, but it’s quite pricey and doesn’t work well if it gets wet.

  4. Love the leave pics!
    Glyphosate is the main answer for the weeds i do worry about the effects of burners bleach and other things on the effect on wildlife etc Love the herbs as well

  5. I generally use a weedburner to keep the cracks and crevices free of growth. In spring, I use a patio cleaner product to remove all the algae that covers the paving over winter and find that also zaps the growth and does so for quite some time. I particularly don’t like moss growing in paving as it gets slippery when wet.

  6. I have couch grass growing in my paving. I have now decided that I can either live with it,or go mad trying to control it. Have chosen sanity.That said, a weed-free patio is the mark of a ‘good’ housewife around these parts and I regularly get tutted at. That too,I can live with. Love your photos, by the way. You have captured the warmth in those browns so well!

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