Time is zipping by. As we officially welcome spring, I'm hustling to finish some of the pruning I should've completed in late winter. But every time I walk through the garden, I'm distracted from the tasks at hand by one or another pretty new bloom. And yet I'm also feeling the need to prepare for summer as new bulbs arrive every other day. My head is spinning!
This week, I decided it was time to prune the rest of my Leucadendrons. Cutting back Leucadendron 'Safari Sunset' was almost painful.
|This image was taken in mid-January|
|This one, captured from the opposite direction, was taken in mid-February|
|Here are 'Safari Sunset' and 'Blush' after pruning. The best things I can say is that the pruning makes the plants surrounding the Leucadendrons more noticeable - and, with a little time, the Leucadendrons will be back, looking as flashy as ever.|
|I decided to widen the flagstone path where it intersects with the back patio, which meant cutting back succulents on either side. I rounded up a couple of flagstones from other areas of the garden, which I still need to dig into place.|
|I'll replant a portion of these Aeonium 'Kiwi Verde' cuttings but I expect I'll be giving away a lot of them away|
|Just where I'd planned to put these, I can't say off-hand|
|Including the almost fluorescent flowers of Arctotis 'Large Marge'|
|And don't the white Freesias look nice with the variegated Helichrysum petiolare hiding their flopping stems? I'd forgotten I'd planted any Freesias there.|
|A minute or two is necessary to ponder whether this will be the year Leucospermum 'Sunrise' decides to bloom for the first time. Are those leaf buds or infant blooms?|
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