|The tree daisy, purchased by mail order from Annie's about a month ago, is already a little over a foot tall and I hope it'll continue to beef up. It's supposed to reach 11 feet in height and 6 feet in width.|
I took down the sunshades that line the interior of the lath (shade) house during the hot summer months. This is another time-consuming exercise. Every plant has to be removed from the shelves before each piece of screening can be removed.
|I used the opportunity to neaten up each plant before returning it to its place. All the shelves were swept clean of the cherry laurel berries the rats stockpile behind the plants in the dead of night.|
|I evicted a poorly-performing fuchsia and stole its pot for a recently purchased Begonia gehrtii 'Comet', with its wonderful puckered leaves|
Yesterday, I decided it was time to remove one of the 'Blue Flame' Agaves that was encroaching on its neighbors. In this case, I took "before" shots to illustrate the problem.
|The mother plant produced pups and careened over on its side as it increased in size|
|Among other things, it was overwhelming one of the Agave americana mediopicta 'Alba'|
Here are the after shots:
|After pulling out some of the mother plant's dead leaves, I was able to saw through the trunk that connected it to the pups|
I've continued to work on the sloped area adjacent to the lath house. I finally got the remaining stone in place to stabilize the slope for planting. I dug out still more of the bulbous asparagus fern roots that riddle this area (and many others in my garden) and supplemented the hard-packed sandy soil. I'm still debating what to plant there and it may take me some time to finalize my choices.
|At present, I've selected two Lomandra 'Platinum Beauty' to join another already there (just outside the photo's frame on the right). Most of the other plants will be succulents but I'd like to throw in a few softer notes as well.|
That's a wrap on my project updates. Sunday is Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day so I'll be back then with my monthly bloom report (assuming that whatever has happened to Blogger's edit function is fixed by then). There's a lot less out there than there was a month ago but, in my climate, there's always something.
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