If you're interested in a tour of the exterior perimeter, here we go.
|This was the view from my parked car, looking at a large Leucadendron in full flower, surrounded by Aeoniums|
|This is a view of the same Leucadendron from the sidewalk. I like how the coral-colored Aloes pick up the color of the Leucadendron's brightly colored bracts.|
|Two Agaves were blooming. The one on the right is an Agave 'Joe Hoak' but I'm not sure of the identity of the one on the left.|
|The Leucadendrons here were mixed with Agave attenuata|
|These noID Agaves were combined with Grevillea 'Scarlet Sprite' and rosemary|
|Even the hell-strip looked good. The Chondropetalum tectorum here are much more well-behaved than my own.|
|Grevillea 'Scarlet Sprite', prostrate rosemary, and Aeoniums are mixed here with what I think is Westringia 'Morning Light'|
At the corner of two busy streets on the outermost edge of Roger's property, a large demonstration garden surrounds a gazebo. As it's Aloe bloom season, those plants were making a major statement.
|I took my photos just after noon so their clarity is less than ideal|
|I vaguely recall hearing that this Aloe is a hybrid but I've no record of its name. It's gorgeous, though, as are the Agave ovatilolia cozied up against it.|
|This area on the other side of the gazebo featuring Agave attenuata was more subdued|
|Close-up photos, clockwise from the upper left: Flower of the striking centerpiece Aloe, a noID yellow-flowered Aloe in front of an Agave vilmoriniana 'Stained Glass', Agave ovatifolia, and Cordyline 'Electric Flash'|
Inside the garden center's sale area, I found the tall Dianthus I've been looking for. I'm also on the hunt for a Japanese maple and, although they had a selection in stock, I didn't find one that demanded to be taken home with me. So I stalked the succulent displays.
The only succulent I brought home was Aeonium 'Zwartkop'. After seeing my neighbor's combination of that Aeonium and Agave 'Blue Glow' earlier this week, I felt compelled to replicate it in my own garden.
|The Aeonium is still in its pot here on its tryout between an Agave 'Blue Flame' and 3 'Blue Glows'|
After several weeks of chilly temperatures, our temperatures are climbing. They could get up to 80F/26C tomorrow. Nice weather for working in the garden! I hope you get some nice weather too or, if you're housebound by snow or rain, that you can plant yourself in front of a crackling fire to dream of your spring garden.
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