The week started off with a mail order delivery.
|It was well-packed but one of the roots was broken in shipment nonetheless. I've admired 'Lady Emma Hamilton' in many blog posts so I was thrilled to get one of my own.|
|It went into the ground the same day in a sunny spot in the front garden|
At the same time, I discovered that my local Armstrong Garden Center, part of a chain of 32 California stores, had stocked up. I wasted no time looking for plants to dress up the area surrounding the lath (shade) house my husband built for me as a Christmas present. The newly planted area doesn't look like much yet but I have high hopes for it.
|I concentrated my attention on the sunny strip along the south property line, which was opened up when the neighbors had the oleander hedge on their side removed|
The first plant that went in on the south side of the structure wasn't actually a recent purchase. It was another David Austin rose, 'Golden Celebration', which I purchased as a 4-inch plant from Annie's Annuals & Perennials last year. I'd planted it in a large pot but it grew amazingly fast and I didn't think it would be happy in that pot much longer.
|The rose earned pride of place at the southwest corner of our property, where I hope it'll get all the sun and space in needs|
Sticking with the blue, white and yellow color scheme I'd started when I planted the window boxes attached to the lath house and transplanted divisions of Agapanthus and white Argyranthemum outside its exterior, my new plant selections followed the same scheme.
I also filled in some of the open space on the slope facing the lath house door.
|I added 2 6-packs of Crassula radicans 'Small Red', 2 more Crassula falcata, and 1 Senecio fulgens|
I haven't done much of anything elsewhere in the garden other than general clean-up. However, the Freesia I'd found marked down 50% when I visited Roger's Gardens last week found space in the backyard border.
|The coral pink Freesia provide a perfect accent to the Leucadendron 'Jester' and Grevillea 'Superb' I planted here from small pots 2 years ago. Both the Leucadendron and the Grevillea are finally gaining some substance.|
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