|Here's a before shot showing the guava tree in question, which largely obscured the Leptospermums behind it|
|and here's the area after the guava tree, which we inherited with the garden, was removed|
|The flower and leaf-less cherry tree can be seen here, to the right of a persimmon tree that's in the process of leafing out|
|and here's a shot of the same area after the cherry tree was removed|
I made the changes (with my husband's able assistance) despite the fact that I haven't yet decided what will go into the empty spaces. I don't plan to put anything large into the space formerly occupied by the guava tree. I want to give the 2 Leptospermums in that area a chance to fill out and I expect I'll just add ground cover plants beneath them, or possibly fill in with more Centranthus ruber, which is a virtual weed here. Leptospermum scoparium 'Pink Pearl' is one of my favorite plants and it deserves an opportunity to shine.
|The 2 shrubs need shaping but I'll handle that after the current bloom cycle. They have a long bloom period, heaviest in spring with a light repeat bloom during the fall.|
While I'm talking about favorite plants, I thought I'd join Chloris at The Blooming Garden and share my top 10 favorite bloomers for the month of April. As I've got a flower fixation and as April is possibly the most floriferous month here, restricting myself to 9 other favorites wasn't easy but here we go:
|I've bemoaned the failure of my bearded Iris to bloom over the past few years so I was delighted when this noID Iris germanica on the neglected back slope produced 3 tall bloom stalks this year, despite our truly pathetic winter rains.|
|I look out at this Hunnemannia fumariifolia (aka Mexican tulip poppy) from my home office window and smile every time I see it|
|While all my Alstroemeria are blooming, 'Indian Summer' is the most striking of them all. In addition to the attractive flowers, its dark foliage is also attractive, especially when backlit.|
|Gazania blooms year-round here but it's at its flashiest in the spring. The 2 top photos feature 'White Flame'. The photo on the lower left is 'Strawberry Shortcake' and the bloom on the lower right is a noID self-seeded form.|
|Coleonema album (aka breath of heaven) adds white froth to the garden at this time of year|
One plant that didn't make the cut this month is Festuca californica, a native California grass that's currently blooming.
|It's hard to capture its beauty unless it's backlit|
The grass adds an airy feeling to the garden and, rather than plant a tree in the area formerly occupied by the Grevillea and the cherry tree, I'm considering adding a mass planting of this grass and perhaps another large agave in that area rather than a tree. My husband has made it clear that he really wants a tree to screen his view of the newly renovated house up the hill from us and I don't want to place two trees in such close proximity.
Enjoy your weekend and do check in with Chloris at The Blooming Garden to see what blooms gained her approval and that of other participating gardeners this month.
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