I talked a bit about the trouble I have growing hellebores, but today I'm amazed at something else:
I've been able to keep rhubarb alive!
This is a plant that I've tried to grow several times, with the plant dying each time. Not sure what I did wrong: too much heat, not enough heat, too much water, not enough water. It was getting frustrating.
Last spring though I tried again. My plan was to put this into the ground on the south side of my fenced veggie garden, into the slightly expanded area that the new fence would give me.
I have yet to finish the fence project, so the plant stayed in a nursery pot all summer. I did transplant it into a larger one at least, and maybe that's what I did right?
In any case, the plant is doing fine and starting to wake up!
That success was unintentional but exciting, as there are several examples of experiments that went horribly wrong around:
This hardiness test would probably have been fine except for the few bitterly cold nights we had. The rest of the winter has been m-i-l-d. Ah well, I have plenty of this agave. hence the reason for the test.
Now I just need to figure out which Internet comments I believe -- those that say deer don't touch rhubarb, or those that say they love it...
Not sure if you can see it in the photos but I'm pretty sure at least one of those rhubarb stems is missing a leaf, as if it's been nibbled off. Hmmm....