February for me always feels like the worst month of winter, even if in reality winter only started at the very end of December, I’ve already had enough of the cold and wet. This week we’ve had hail storms, rain, thunder, grey skies and one beautiful day on Monday when the sun shone all day, strangely as I mentioned in my post on Monday, just 5 miles away it snowed heavily and on speaking to friends even later in the day when the snow had stopped it wasn’t a particularly nice day so it seems I was living on my own private island of weather!
The low temperatures mean that nothing much is happening in the garden; neither I nor the plants feel like doing much. Luckily it also means that not many weeds are growing either!
The rosemary and Teucrium are flowering but as the flowers are small they aren’t making a big statement, their forms are really their more important feature.
One thing I have noticed is that the Euphorbias on the slope and elsewhere in the garden aren’t looking very good; they have long stems with sparse leaves at the top of the stem. I think I will buy some fresh seed and sow some more; all of the E. wulfenii characias were grown from seed or were seedlings found in the garden.
Have you found that Euphorbias lose their lower foliage as time passes?