|This is what it looked like then, when the bed was filled with blooming Ageratum, Anigozanthos, Lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum), Gaillardia, Lantana, and Nierembergia
|Here's what it looks like now, almost bare following my clean-up
The plastic flats are in place to deter the raccoons from digging up the creeping thyme I planted to replace the established thyme they tore up in late fall. The variegated Lantana didn't respond well to winter conditions and I've cut it back almost to the ground in the vague hope of regenerating it. I pulled most of the flowering plants, leaving only a few of the stragglers still in good condition.
|Agave lopantha 'Quadricolor' had been almost covered by an Aeonium avalanche. I cut the latter back to give the Agaves more breathing room but this photo indicates I still have more work to do.
|Other Aeoniums tried to swallow up this Anigozanthos until I also cut it free
I plan to replant the entire area within the next month, assuming I can find something to inspire me in the local garden centers. Dare I hope to see any Lisianthus in the garden centers in March?
In the meantime, I took a little time to put together another succulent pot in a pot. This one is intended for a friend.
|I may swap out the orange and red succulents here (Graptosedum 'California Sunset' and a noID Crassula) for more Echeveria 'Violet Queen' before it goes to my friend
Okay, that was it for the pretty stuff. It's back to work!
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