For some time, Coleonema 'Sunset Gold' has been trying to engulf the Yucca 'Bright Star' in the back border. I couldn't quite bring myself to pull out one Coleonema entirely but I trimmed it back.
|This is the "before" shot. Although it looks like one uniform mass, there are two Coleonema shrubs planted here and they were encroaching on both the Yucca on the right and the Leucadendrons behind them.|
|This is the "after" shot. I shaved off bits of both Coleonema but cut more deeply into the one rubbing up against the Yucca, with the latter plant drawing blood a couple of times in the process.|
On the other side of the flagstone path, I faced a decision I'd been contemplating for some time: removal of some or all of the variegated rosemary shrubs (Rosmarinus 'Gold Dust') I'd installed in March 2014. They'd gotten much bigger than I'd been led to understand they would when I bought them in 6-inch pots. They'd also gotten leggy because I hadn't pruned them regularly and they were shading out the Lotus berthelotii planted below them.
|I removed all but one of the rosemary shrubs. I left one in place in an effort to balance the Grevillea alpina x rosmarinfolia planted behind Leucospermum 'Goldie'. Both the Grevillea and the remaining rosemary still require some trimming.|
|Here's a second "before" shot, taken in late June|
|Here's another "after" shot taken from the same angle as the prior one|
I'd initially thought I'd just cover the area with mulch and wait until September or October to replant. Do you think I'm capable of sticking to that plan? I'm already debating what to plant. I looked at the plants on either side of bare area for ideas.
|I could emulate what I'd done on the left side by adding more Zinnias as temporary fillers...|
|Trying for more consistency, I could add another Abelia 'Kaleidoscope' like these on the right to mask the bare legs of the remaining rosemary...|
I've also taken care of a few other things, some I photographed and others I didn't.
|Cleaning up the Mexican feather grass (Stipa tenuissima) is something that needs doing every couple of months here. Before I "combed" these plants of their seed-laden plumes, they were covering this dirt path behind the back border.|
Two other small projects are still staring me in the face but I haven't committed myself to tackling them yet. Of course, I often make those decisions on the fly.
|This Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire' has been in this strawberry pot since we moved in almost 10 years ago. I've cut it back several times and I swear it just gets larger. I think it probably has to go.|
The week's not over yet. Anything could happen.
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