In coastal Southern California, fall is the best time to refresh the garden. As we're still vacillating between summer and fall weather, it's too early to do any extensive planting but I've taken advantage of the cooler temperatures we've had off and on to get started on some of the smaller clean-up projects.
I started by sifting my compost.
|The screen, left by the prior owner of our property, sits atop a support my husband built to fit over a trash can when we were sifting soil out of the sod we dug out during removal of our lawn.|
I've distributed all the screened compost. It doesn't go far enough but every little bit helps.
|After digging out a dead Coleonema and cutting back two Cuphea 'Starfire Pink' shrubs, I spread more compost in this bed along the driveway and transplanted two Hippeastrum 'Aphrodite' bulbs I'd previously grown in pots.|
My biggest project thus far involved one of my favorite beds in the front garden.
|The bed in question is the foreground on the right. This photograph was taken at the end of June, when everything still looked lush.|
|I followed the advice of Hoover Boo of Piece of Eden and cut back the orange-flowered Cuphea 'Vermillionaire' to just a few inches tall to give it an opportunity to rebound. That led to an effort to cleanup the ornamental grass (Seslaria 'Greenlee's Hybrid) planted along the edge of the bed, which had spread over the flagstone path and was encroaching on other plants within the bed. I may have gone overboard there. The course of concrete bricks was added by my husband in an effort to keep the grass roots from spreading.|
|As Hoover Boo predicted, the Cuphea are already springing back. I added one new plant from a 6-inch pot yesterday and spread compost throughout the bed.|
|I added three new Gaillardia 'Arizona Sun' to the plants already there. I think I could use one more.|
The last little project this week involved planting an Aloe lukeana I received from Gerhard of Succulents and More back in August.
|The Aloe lukeana went in behind the Agave. It may get crowded when the Aloe reaches its full size but, in that case, I can cut back the Agave, which is currently producing a lot of pups.|
This week, we had more uncomfortably warm days (mid-90sF) than cool ones but the weekend forecast promises the return of cooler temperatures. I'm looking forward to (literally) digging into some bigger projects. Meanwhile, I'll send you off with a wish of that you find some happy hours gardening and a couple of pretty floral shots from my garden this week.
|Passiflora tarminiana x manicata 'Oaklandia'|
|The first bloom of Dahlia 'Break Out'|
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